Departments under Health Ministry presents financial reports to NA

Friday, October 19, 2018

Departments and projects under the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on Wednesday submitted their financial reports to the National Assembly Select Committee on Health at the Assembly chambers in Banjul.

 Aboulie Mam Njie, executive director of The Gambia Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) said the project fights against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. He updated the health select committee on how grants received to fight the three diseases namely HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria were spent.

 “The purpose of Global Fund is to attract, manage and disburse through a public-private partnership that will make a sustainable and significant contribution to the reduction of infections, illnesses and death. To achieve this, the Global Fund expect grant proposal to be coordinated among a broad range of stakeholders.”

 Mr. Njie said they set up temporal standing committees and working groups as needed, to deliberate, recommend and advise the CCM executive and oversight and technical committee.

 Alpha khan, Deputy Director of National Aids Secretariat (NAS) said their target is to achieve zero HIV/AIDS infections and to reduce the infection to 50% out of 21,000 of adult and children who are newly infected.

 NAS, he said, need sustainable financial support for TB and HIV/AIDS to help reduce stigma and discrimination. “Knowing the burden of TB in The Gambia, cross border TB and HIV control and maintain training skill is important.”

 Lamin B S Jarju, deputy program manager of National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) said there objective is to eliminate malaria and transformation of malaria surveillance, saying Malaria is a complicated disease vector cause by mosquito parasite.

 He said more than US$4400 of the public health expenditures are spent to procure anti-malaria medicines. “We also conduct lab technical trainings to promote effective treatment of malaria for pregnant women and Insecticide Treated Bed nets usage by pregnant women at 84.8% as indicated in the MIS 2014 report.”

Author: Sanna Jallow