Gambia making Palliative Care Services gains

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The permanent secretary of Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Dr. Cherno Barry has revealed that with the efforts of members of the new National Palliative Care Association- The Gambia, the country is making remarking achievements in offering Palliative Care Services.

“While we continue to express our profound gratitude and appreciation to the support over the years, I solicit support for the setting up of a National secretariat for the National Association and awarding of scholarship for more Gambians to improve capacity in Palliative Care,” he said, while assuring of government’s continued support to the noble effort that everyone lives a pain free life and dies in dignity.

PS Barry was speaking recently during a daylong workshop organized by National Palliative Care Association- The Gambia in collaboration with African Palliative Care Association at a local Hotel.

According to him, to address discrepancy in The Gambia, a public-private partnership was conceived starting with a preliminary sensitization of all stakeholders such as Government and non-Government Health facilities and the Media on the importance of Palliative Care and pain management with funding from APCA.

He said prior to that, five health care workers traveled to Uganda in February 2011 for an induction meeting which aimed at informing authorities about the need to integrate Palliative Care into existing health services and planned some activities with other participating countries.

“Another team of four health care providers also travelled to Mombasa as a follow-up to the Uganda meeting to review the various country plans and chart a way forward for the effective implementation of various country plans.”

He pointed out that in September 2011, a five-day training workshop was conducted on Pain Management and Palliative Care for about fifty health care workers funded by APCA, which culminated in a clinical placement on Palliative Care for 5 Gambian health professionals at the Centre for Palliative Care, Nigeria.

He disclosed that The Gambia participated in the first African Ministers of Health session on Palliative Care at the APCA/HPCA Palliative Care conference in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2013, at which the Regional Director of Health Services- Western II represented him.

Author: Momodou Jawo