Gov’t commits to support health services

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

The minister of Health and Social Welfare has underscored the importance quality health in the development of any nation, saying The Gambia government is committed to supporting health services in its quest to build a healthy nation.

Dr. Isatou Touray was speaking recently during activities marking the commemorating World AIDS day held at a hotel in Senegambia.

 “The National AIDS Secretariat (NAS), Action Aid International-The Gambia and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare through the National AIDS Control Programme would continue to spearhead national response in partnership with other stakeholders to continue supporting the health sector. “The Gambia government remains committed to the creation of the enabling environment through concrete actions, public investment and policy engagement with a view to strengthening the gains made in the national response to HIV and AIDS in The Gambia,” she said.

The government of The Gambia, she added, is acting under the promises it made at the 2016 United Nations High Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS, which was designed to scale up universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.

Minister Touray indicated that they have support from the Global Fund providing universal access to antiretroviral treatment as well as Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) services in all the regions.

For his part, Ousainou Darboe, the vice president of The Gambia said The Gambia government is committed to supporting the health sector especially health care for HIV patients.

The commemoration of the World AIDS day, he added, would help raise more awareness among people with regard to AIDS.

Author: Pa Modou Cham