17 October 2011

Gambia: President Jammeh Discharges Ninth Batch of Infertility Patients

At least 73 women that formed the ninth batch of the infertility treatment component of the President's Alternative Treatment Programme (PATP) were last Friday discharged by their doctor and brainchild of the initiative, the president of the Republic at State House.

His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh, the 'Medical Myth Buster' as he is fondly called for his treatment, discharged the treated patients after their seven-day confinement in Kanilai, his birthplace.

During their weeklong stay in Kanilai, the patients had undergone intensive treatment sessions under the care and supervision of the Gambian leader, as well as the team of diligent medical officials of the PATP.

In his brief words of wisdom to the patients, the president enjoined them to nurture faith in the supremacy of the Almighty Allah as they look forward to conceiving after undergoing his treatment, as such will pay dividend.

He urged the patients to continue abiding by the principles of marriage, and to desist from infidelity, which could destroy their marital relationship.

President Jammeh further told the patients to desist from petty talks back at home, give a deaf ear to provoking words thrown at them, avoid quarreling as well as taking revenge, even before and after conceiving. He also advised them to nurture unquestionable faith in the Almighty Allah.

Speaking to the State House press corps in an interview at the site, the director general of the PATP, Dr Tamsir Mbowe harped on the gains registered by the Gambian leader's infertility treatment programme that since its inception has so far treated thousands of women drawn from all walks of life within and outside the country. Dr Mbowe was highly confident most of the patients will conceive after this latest treatment.

He said: "I am very happy and I think I am the happiest doctor seeing these patients coming with infertility problems and going back home with the confidence of getting pregnant. This is showing the effectiveness of the treatment.

Many of the patients before coming here had their own problems - the inability to see their periods more than three months, [now] some of them have started seeing their periods.

These are all clinical gains and it is showing the effectiveness of the treatment programme and I am very much convinced that most of them will conceive." The PATP DG also lauded the way and manner the Gambian leader managed the patients in the treatment since its inception.

He added: "The batches vary depending on how much patients His Excellency wants to treat, with some 300 and so on. Once patients have confidence in the medical practitioner they will be coming in.

This is what is happening with this treatment - the moment it is being announced you see patients coming from all over the world to come and join His Excellency's treatment. We have patients from East Africa, and so on. It is all showing the effectiveness of the treatment programme and the records gained so far.

This is the best infertility treatment to my knowledge and you cannot even compare it with the IVS, which has the success rate of about 15 to 25 percent. Here we have about 75 percent or success or so per batch."

When asked as to what extent the PATP compliments the government's health programme, Dr Mbowe, a former Health minister said it is contributing significantly to the country's health sector.

He explains: "It has reduced the drug cost because infertility drugs are very expensive; bed capacities have also been reduced in the respective health facilities in the country thanks to His Excellency's treatment programme. It is contributing a lot to our health sector."

Patients' account

The PATP, incepted in 2007 have and continues to benefit unprecedented number of people across the globe thanks to its effectiveness. People from all walks of life continue to join the treatment to get rid of their predicament and this was manifested in this latest batch to be discharged.

Among the patients discharged on Friday was a Congolese national, Maria Babe who shared her thoughts and impressions of President Jammeh and his treatment.

She said: "President Jammeh is a good leader not only for Gambians, but the citizens of Africa and humanity in general. He is a strong leader and no doubt the number one in Africa. Which president in Africa apart from President Jammeh will give medication to a woman to help her get a child? I have never seen that and President Jammeh is the first and only one doing that."

Other patients interviewed hailed the Gambian leader's sense of generosity and philanthropism to humanity, underscoring that his treatment offered free of charge alone is enough service to the salvation of the human kind from situations that have confined them to a state of despair. They prayed for his wellbeing and the enablement to continue giving his best to humanity.

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