Ministry of health and Social Welfare on Wednesday appeared before the National
Assembly (NA) select committee on health at the Assembly building in Banjul,
where they presented their 2012 to 2020 National Health Policy Plan.
The ministry’s Permanent Secretary Dawda Ceesay, said the 2012 to 2020 national health policy targets to accelerate quality health services and universal coverage and to provide a sound policy and management framework with the necessary resources to deliver the required performance in service delivery.
He said orientated policy framework around national commitments and global targets formulate the organisational structures to provide the manpower to deliver the required services.
Mr. Ceesay said the ministry’s vision is to provide quality and affordable health service to all by 2020, while the mission is to promote and protect the health of the population through the equitable provision of quality health care. “The goal is to reduce morbidity and mortality to contribute significantly to quality of life in the population.”
Health Minister Dr. Ahmadou Lamin Samateh explained that he and his officials were working to overcome the challenges the ministry is facing across the country, including the construction of staff quarters.
He added that the ministry is planning to provide emergency units at all major health centres across the nation that will bring easy health service delivery to Gambians.
Minister Samateh said salary increment is also a challenge to all the institutions and urged government to look into that issue across the board.
Ousman Sillah, chairman of the National Assembly select committee on health told the health officials that they will get the support from the select committee at the preliminary level to provide equality and affordable health service delivery to the door steps of all Gambians.