President Adama Barrow Monday presided over the official opening of a week-long
scientific conference for the West African College of Surgeons.
The four-day meeting, which is currently underway at a local hotel in Senegambia was attended by Cabinet ministers and delegates from the West African College of Surgeons among others.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, President Adama Barrow, spoke at length on the significance of the meeting, while assuring them of his government’s continued support to the West African College of Surgeons.
The development of the health sector, Barrow added, remains a number one priority for his administration. “The meeting came at a time when Gambia is now in a new era and it is in this context that the health sector is improving.”
“My administration will continue to support your college. Efforts would be put in place with a view to supporting you in order to achieve your development objectives. Over the years your college has demonstrated a lot of efforts in the development of health,” the president acknowledged.
The minister of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) Saffie Lowe-Ceesay said various ministries such as Health, Finance, Personal Management, professional organisations and training institutions should be able to train and manage our human resources, thus we should upgrade our hospitals.
“My ministry is committed to facilitate the partnership to make this programme possible and in that regard I take this opportunity to thank all colleges and their technical counterparts in making sure that this environment is put in place to support first graduate training,” Minister Lowe stated
The Health minister pointed out that after ten years of existence of the medical programme at the University of The Gambia, dialogue started to commence. “We look to make partnership in the near future and I want to thank all of you for your support to revitalize our health sector for position where Gambia was in the past as a champion of primary health care and universal health access.
Deputy chairperson African Union Commission, Thomas Kwesi Quartey, dwelled on the importance of the four days meeting, saying that this is the first time African Union is being invited to attend the West African College of Surgeons.
“The AU has been collaborating with the College of Surgeons at the technical level and agenda 2063 is a socio-economic development. There could be no development without healthy people and health comes as a developmental issue and is only healthy and educated people can build the Africa that we want.”
Melville O. George, chairman local organising committee recalled that this is the 3rd time this meeting is being held in The Gambia since 1990. “We are particularly happy because, we are still euphoric about the historic change that took place just over a year ago, ushering a New Gambia under the leadership of President Barrow.”