Ahmadiyya Medical Clinic Re-opens in Basse

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

As parts of activities marking the 25 years silver jubilee of NasirAhmadiyyaMuslimSeniorSecondary School, the Ahmadiyya Clinic in Basse, Upper River Region was reopened on Friday March 13th 2009 to boost the health service delivery in the region and its environs.

Speaking on the occasion, the representative of the president, Hon. Yankuba Touray Secretary of State for Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters, used the opportunity to commend the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat for supporting government in maintaining peace and stability in the country through observing religious tolerance. He applauded the mission for complementing government's effort in the areas of health and education. He said that the government's health policy aims at providing health care that is accessible and affordable to all its citizens as contain in vision 2020 blueprint. "This laudable objective can only be achieved with joint efforts with the private sector, NGOs and civil society organizations like the Ahmadiyya Jamaat. Touray said that the reopening of the clinic would no doubt compliment government's efforts in the delivery of effective health care service to the people of Basse and environs. He also used the opportunity to commend the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat for their support to the maintenance of peace and stability in the country.

The governor of the region Alhagie Omar Abu Khan welcomed the initiative. He stressed the need for the proper upkeep of the facility.

For his part, Baba F. Trawally Amir of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in The Gambia said that the Ahmadiyya's direct participation in the provision of medical services in the country started in 1968 when a clinic was opened in Kaur.

In the same year, he continued, the doctor running the centre opened an affiliate clinic in Farafenni. And in 1971/72 the famous Ahmadiyya Clinic at

Picton Street
in Banjul was opened, followed by the opening of clinics in Salikenni in Central Baddibu, Njawara in Lower Baddibu, Soma in Jarra West and Gunjur in Kombo South.

The AhmadiyyaMuslimHospital in Tallinding, an offshoot of the Picton Street Clinic was opened in 1982.

The clinic, which has been closed for some years, is now equipped with all the basic medical apparatus, a laboratory, equipment for minor surgery and a Micro lab 300 that uses software controlled analysis for diagnosing liver, kidney diseases, diabetes, hypertension, heart problem among other illnesses.

Other speakers on the occasion include the international Director of Ahmadiyya Hospitals and Schools, Mr. Mubarak Ahmad Tahir.

Author: Nfamara Jawneh from Basse