Promoting Universal Access to Health

Promoting Universal Access to Health

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Over the years, the Bundung-based Jammeh Foundation for Peace Hospital has been central to the provision of healthcare to a multitude of people in not only the densely populated community but many others living in parts of the Kanifing Municipality. This is due mainly to the very strategic location of Bundung as a settlement and the services being rendered at the health facility to the usually swelling number of its clientele, the bulk of which are women and children.

In what can be described as a massive boost to the Hospital, it has been a massive upgrade in the form of an over 30 million Dalasi state-of-the art complex. This development at one of the most critical health facilities in the country falls under the ambit of a grand master plan seeking to ensure universal health coverage for all. That drive itself entails the establishment of health facilities and putting in place vital equipment across the country, with a view to increasing access and providing quality services at all levels.

Already a household name when it comes to healthcare delivery in The Gambia, the Jammeh Foundation for Peace Hospital, can only get better by further consolidating the strides it continues to make with this latest investment. Thanks to the new complex executed under the Community-based Infrastructure and Livelihood Improvement Project, the JFP hospital can now roll out a 24-hour accident and emergency service, two operating theatres for emergency obstetrics care, neonatal intensive care to mention but few.

The availability of those essential services will also bode well for other hospitals notably Serrekunda General Hospital and the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Kanifing and Banjul respectively.

While it is likely going to reduce the pressure hitherto put on the resources/services in those equally important referral centres, this intervention could now save precious time, energy and cost on the part of those who might have been seeking the sort of care and medical attention they now have at their disposal.

With this new multi-faceted complex at the JFP Hospital now open to the public, the expectation is that residents of the locality and every other beneficiary will embrace it with an unyielding sense of ownership. For the staff, this newest development should only serve as an incentive in the discharge of their noble duties.