The Governor of Lower River Region, Salifu Puye, has described the July 22nd Revolution as the turning point for The Gambia, having ushered in unprecedented development.
Governor Puye was speaking in Jarra Soma on Wednesday during the official inauguration of the Jarra Soma Health Centre into a District Hospital.
He described the upgrading of the facility as the biggest development in his region. “President Jammeh’s leadership is something very important to the Gambian people; this hospital will go a long way in enhancing and providing quality healthcare delivery to the people of LRR,” he affirmed.
The Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Abdoulie Bojang, said universal healthcare coverage and access to quality health services has been one of the primary goals of The Gambia government since the advent of the 22nd July Revolution.
“This health facility we inaugurated today will no doubt reduce the burden on the community for having to travel long distances in a bid to access tertiary healthcare services including accident and emergency services, neonatal care, paediatric, postnatal care services as well as pharmacy services amongst others,” he stressed.
According to him, this facility will significantly cut down the number of referral cases from Soma to either the AFPRC General Hospital in Farafenni or the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul. He added that the government, through the Ministry of Health, will continue to focus on women and youth empowerment for better health outcomes.
Abba Jassey, officer-in-charge at the Soma Hospital, thanked the Gambian leader for bringing quality healthcare to the doorstep of every Gambian. He promised The Gambia government that they will take good care of the facility, describing it as a service to the community.
Chief Yaya Jarjusey of Jarra West said the community has registered tremendous development under the leadership of President Jammeh. He, therefore, urged the people of LRR to continue rallying behind him.
by Arfang MS Camara & Alieu Ceesay