Bakary Sanyang of West Coast Region went furious with some Gambian social media
fanatics whose posts he said mainly lack originality and intended negativity
towards addressing the country’s current situations.
Mr. Sanyang said Facebook and other social media are saturated with immature posts on daily basis which cause confusion in minds to others, especially the uneducated ones about the current affairs of the country. “If you change nothing; nothing will change. People will see situations and instead of trying to fix them; they will post them on Facebook and give a negative image to it or blaming the government.”
He was speaking at the Brikama District Hospital recently where he presided over the laying of a foundation stone of a new maternity operation theatre funded by Join Hands to Save a Baby project of Amie Jarju; a Gambian based in the United Kingdom.
Brikama hospital is the busiest maternity unity in the entire country, according to the hospital’s officials with over 200, 000 people accessing health treatment there. The region’s population is on the increase and so is the hospital’s coverage.
“There is no way that government funding can sustain all the needs of the people. If you come to the hospital and found a patient lying on a bed without a seat, go and buy and seat instead of posting that on Facebook and blaming the government,” Governor Sanyang said.
Health Ministry’s Deputy Permanent Secretary Janko Jimbara, said his ministry and the government are committed to deliver affordable, accessible and quality health care to Gambians but said achieving that would first require peoples’ change of mind set towards development.