people of Jiffarong village, Kiang West District in the Lower River Region of
The Gambia are calling on government to intervene by providing them with
qualified doctors, nurses and enough drugs at the village’s health centre.
Chairman of the Village Development Committee (VDC), Omar Drammeh, speaking to The Point explained that the VDC sponsored to build the health center for the community and its surroundings in order for them to benefit from a good health delivery service.
The Jiffarong health centre with its strategic location attracts many patients from the neighbouring villages, thus calling for a better health service delivery. Kiang West has only two health centres – Karantaba and Jiffarong, but the distance between the two villages is too far and thus requires government’s intervention for a better health service delivery.
Mr. Drammeh said that the health centre has only two nurses with no or less drugs for many patients. He said that the government should consider the health centre because it’s through a village initiative that the health centre was built.
“The project was founded in 2002 and we aimed at helping our own communities. We need help from the government because we have been trying our best for the past two years by complementing the efforts of the government,” he said.
He recalled that the health centre used to have assistance from overseas, but because that’s no more forthcoming, the VDC takes charge to facilitate any project implemented by the villagers.
“In building of the health center, the VDC contributed D60, 9000, while I contributed seventy thousand dalasi (D70, 000). We did that because of the love we have for your village and the spirit of complementing the government’s efforts,” Drammeh said.