25 January 2013

Gambia: Health Minister Ends Tour of Community Health Facilities

Bala Garba Jahumpa, the minister of Health and Social Welfare also responsible for National Assembly Matters, accompanied by his senior management team Wednesday wrapped-up a six-day tour of community health facilities, namely clinics and minor health facilities in the Central River, Lower River and West Coast Regions and some of the Social welfare Centres within the Greater Banjul Area.

During the first leg of his tour, the minister visited 59 health facilities, among them major, minor and private health facilities. He visited 26 community health posts in the second and last leg, bringing the number of health facilities he visited nationwide to 85.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily Observer shortly after the tour, Minister Jahumpa said the second leg of his tour was mainly focused on the community health clinics that availed him the opportunity to get firsthand information on the status of the community health posts in the country. He said some of the basic needs in some of the facilities were solved on the spot, while other immediate needs and concerns raised will be addressed immediately after the tour.

He called on communities to adopt good and healthy lifestyles and avoid eating foods that are detrimental to their health. He added that during the tour, he observed that malaria, diabetes, hypertension, anaemia and diarrhoea are some of the diseases affecting the people.

The Health minister further revealed that during the course of his visit, he observed that the demand for nurses was high in all the facilities visited. He however assured the communities that his Ministry will provide them with nurses in order to strengthen the health delivery system in the respective areas.

The facilities visited during the tour are in Gissadi, Pinyai and Nana in CRR; Pakaliba, Jalanbereh and Jappineh in LRR; Jarrol, Kampassa, Wec Mission (Sibanor) Besse Kassangne, Kafuta, Pirang, TujerengSiffoe, Jambanjelly, Toskani Pharma (Gambia) Ltd, Farato, MRC office in Faraja, Old Jeshwang, New Jeshwang, Sinchu Baliya, Old Yundum and the Social Welfare Child Centres in the Kombos.

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