The Basic Education Minister on Tuesday commissioned the newly upgraded Bajakunda Minor Health Centre into a major health centre in a ceremony in Bajakunda, Upper River Region.
In her inaugural speech, Dr. Fatou Lamin Faye said universal health coverage has been the primary goal of the government and as a result would continue to increase access to health services by expanding and upgrading a number of health facilities in the country.
“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 healthcare services including emergency obstetric care, diagnostic services facilities, 24 hours accident and emergency services amongst others,” she said.
According to her, this facility will significantly cut down the number of referral cases from Bajakunda to Basse District Hospital, thus she urged the hospital staff and community to take ownership of the facility.
Honourable Omar Sey, Minister of Health, said the health facilities’ expansion project was initiated by The Gambia government to improve access and quality of service at strategic locations and building new ones.
According to him, his Ministry is cognizant of the significant achievements registered in the area of maternal and under-five mortality rates reduction.
Ebrima Baldeh, regional principal nursing officer in URR, said the inauguration is a welcome initiative from the Gambian leader, adding that this upgraded facility will not only help the people of Bajakunda but its surrounding villages as well.
The officer-in-charge of Bajakunda Health Centre, Sheriff Kanyi, thanked The Gambia government for upgrading the facility. “This will avail the people of Bajakunda, Wuli and its surroundings affordable, accessible and quality healthcare service at the doorstep of every individual,” he affirmed.
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