Kanifing General Hospital bids farewell to 8 Cuban Doctors

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The management of Kanifing General Hospital on Friday bade farewell to 8 Cuban Technical Assistant Team, who just ended their three-year mission in The Gambia at a farewell ceremony held at the hospital ground.

The eight-member Cuban medical team received gifts from their Gambian counterparts such as prizes, certificates and other valuable materials like, bags, shoes, necklace, and sewed cloth. 

Kanifing General Hospital formerly Serrekunda General is among the most populated hospital in the country with registry of over 500,000 patients.

Speaking at the farewell ceremony, Kebba Manneh, the chief executive officer (CEO) for the hospital, acknowledged the excellent job the Cuban doctors have rendered to the country especially Kanifing General Hospital.

“These people have served diligently in this hospital for a number of years. The Cubans have done a remarkable job in this hospital and therefore, management cannot just leave them go like that without organizing a colorful remembrance day for them,” he said.

Manneh said his administration had done such farewell for their foreign counterparts so as to motivate both local and international staff at the hospital.

“This management has different approach to staff motivation and if you motivate your staff, you expect to have a better outcome because they will be willing to deliver to do their work diligently and deliver the best to the patients and that is the objective of this management.”

Also speaking, Dr Adrian Pavel Lopes on behalf of the Cuban medical team, thanked the hospital management and the Gambians for their hospitality, saying ‘we have a good relationship in this country.”

Dr Pavel-Lopes, who was attached the Dental unit of Hospital, expressed hope that their successors would also deliver well.

Baboucarr Saine, administrator of the Hospital, commended the Cuban Technical Assistant Team for their dedication and hard work. “Cuba and Africa had a very long and enduring relationship”.

“Cuba has done everything for Gambia and please next time if you see a Cuban know that you have seen a brother,” Saine urged.

Saine recalled that during the height of the deadly Ebola crisis that hits parts of West Africa especially Sierra Leone, it was the Sierra Leonean and Cuban who fought Ebola.

 “You have served the hospital and Gambian people in general. You have contributed greatly towards the health services of the country. You were so committed towards providing quality health services delivery in the country,” says Babanding Daffeh the hospital doctor.

Zainab Jalloh, a Sierra Leonean, who served the hospital for many years and now returning back to his country said: “It’s difficult to say goodbye for the fact that I have build a family in The Gambia. It was an honor to work at the hospital.”

The ceremony also witnessed the retirement of some staff of the hospital, who served the hospital for more than nine years.

Author: Momodou Jawo