The Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Abdoulie Bojang, on Wednesday afternoon presided over the official inauguration of the upgraded Jarra Bureng Minor Health Centre into a Major Health Centre.
The inauguration was part of activities marking the 22nd anniversary of the glorious 22nd July Revolution. In his inaugural speech on behalf of President Jammeh, Speaker Bojang reaffirmed government’s commitment to ensuring accessible and quality healthcare delivery to every nook and cranny of the country. Universal health coverage and access to quality health, he stressed, would continue to remain high on government’s agenda.
The upgrading of the various health facilities across the country, according to him, would help in reducing difficulties faced by patients to get advanced medical treatment at faraway places. He said the Bureng Major Health Centre would also help to reduce the burden on people living in Bureng having to travel to the Soma District Hospital and sometimes the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul for medical assistance. He finally urged the beneficiaries to take ownership of the health facility for its durability.
Speaking earlier, Salif Puye the Governor of the Lower River Region described the event as a dream come true for the people of Jarra East and LRR in general. Upgrading the health centre, according to him, is a step in the right direction.
While commending the Minister of Health and staff for the hard work, Governor Puye said LRR is looking forward to more developments in his region.
Chief Ansumana Kanaji of Jarra East District said his entire district is very appreciative of the unprecedented developments ushered in by the Jammeh administration. He added that patients come all the way from the Senegalese region of Cassamance to seek medical attention at the Bureng Health Centre.
The event was graced by Cabinet Ministers, National Assembly Members, health officials and a cross section of the community of Bureng.
by Alieu Ceesay & Arfang MS Camara