Excellency, President Adama Barrow, has re-echoed his government’s total
commitment to democratic governance, the expansion and consolidation of basic
freedoms, respect for human rights, the rule of law, and a free and independent
Addressing a cross-section of a delegation of some 33-United States healthcare professionals accompanied to State House by Tennessee State Congressman, Jeremy Faison on Friday, Mr Barrow thanked them for their love for The Gambia, service to humanity and commitment to improving our healthcare sector through tremendous sacrifice.
President Barrow told his guests that the transformation of The Gambia’s healthcare sector was his government’s top priority. He praised the team for its remarkable job, treating some 3000 Gambian patients free-of-charge during their week-long visit to The Gambia.
President Barrow told the delegation that he inherited a very difficult system fraught with bad laws, massive human rights abuses and broken institutions and it was his contract with the Gambian people to fix this system and build strong and viable institutions for a better nation.
Addressing concerns raised about The Gambia’s position on religious tolerance, President Barrow told the guests that The Gambia has a long-standing culture and tradition of religious tolerance; a free, secular state that prohibits religious discrimination. “What we have is a culture and spirit of unity and your remarkable work in healthcare is a fulfillment of our promises to the Gambian people. You are therefore, most welcome to the ‘Smiling Coast of West Africa’, and we hope to see you back very soon”, Mr Barrow assured the delegation all of whom are members of Global Health Outreach, a Christian charity in existence for 70 years now.
Tennesse State Congressman, Hon. Jeremy Faison, who presented to President Barrow a letter of goodwill, a certificate and a Tennesse State flag from Governor Bill Lee, praised Mr. Barrow for his demonstrated humility and steadfastness in redeeming the Gambian people from the claws of totalitarian rule that witnessed the disappearance, torture and murders of many innocent citizens.
“The Governor and citizens of Tennessee and the entire United States pray for you and The Gambia, that democracy, freedom and peace remain in this beautiful country” Representative Faison told the Gambian Head of State.
Congressman Faison who is on his third visit to The Gambia, admonished the Gambian President that while democracy is the best system of government, it was equally complicated and that respect for freedoms and human rights were its levers. “There will be those who will be critical and those who will use it to agitate and annoy leaders, but focusing on the business of the Gambian people was your priority”, Faison remarked.
Mr. Faison who witnessed the 2016 Presidential election impasse, said he was keenly following developments since Mr Barrow assumed office. According to the Tennessee Congressman, the deliberations of the Janneh Commission, The CRC and TRRC have thus far been very impressive and there is absolutely no doubt, that The Gambia government is on the right trajectory to a fully fledgling democratic state.
Two of the volunteers, Dr. Frank Imbarrato and Dr. Candi Overholt; both internal medicine specialists, expressed profound appreciations to The Gambia Government for the remarkable welcome and hospitality that allowed them to have a closer look at our healthcare priorities.
Dr. Overholt emphasized the need for more concentration on preventive medicine as most of the diseases they discovered were preventable ailments that have been eliminated in most places around the world.
Rev. Bidwell Mendy of Calvary United Community Church—The Gambia, who hosted the American delegation, thanked President Barrow for his calmness, disciplined and tolerance and prayed that The Gambia continues to enjoy peace and progress. Rev Mendy told the visiting Americans of a very dark past and how President Barrow in assuming office immediately declared The Gambia a free, secular and democratic country different from his predecessor’s decreed
Speaking earlier, the Government Spokesperson, Mr Ebrima G. Sankareh, introduced the delegation and thanked President Barrow for receiving “the distinguished guests in the service of humanity at his private residence”. Mr Sankareh eulogized the delegation for its invaluable service to The Gambia and to mankind globally.
The Government Spokesperson also familiarized the delegation with the poor and decrepit facilities at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital and craved their indulgence and magnanimity in salvaging this deplorable state of affairs. Mr. Sankareh pleaded with the doctors to assist the Medical School library with latest books on modern medicine and pharmacy that Gambian students are not able to afford due to resource limitations. “Our government looks forward to strengthening our relationship and hope that very soon, our students at The Gambia Medical School will be accommodated in your hospitals and universities for their internships to give them a better understanding of how modern day doctors and practitioners operate”, Sankareh pleaded with the team.