ongoing strike of The Gambia Resident Doctors (GARD) is not affecting the major
hospitals in the country especially the Edward Francis Teaching Hospital
(EFSTH) and Serekunda General Hospital, according to the management of both
This development was affirmed during an interview with The Point’s Arfang M.S. Camara by the management of the EFSTH and Serekunda General Hospital.
The chief executive officer of the Serekunda General Hospital, Kebba Manneh, has stated that the GARD strike did not affect the hospital because they have put in a contingency plan. He added that they also have Cuban doctors as well as nurses who stepped in while doctors keep striking.
“We also have support from the doctors of The Gambia Armed and Police Force who were deployed to us, but it later coincided with their travelling to Darfur,” he said, adding that so far they have managed to ensure that services are continued with or without the striking doctors.
He called on the Ministry of Health and GARD to come to the table and have a dialogue, adding that this issue should not even have led to strike.
Baboucarr Saine, administrator of Serekunda General Hospital said that their hospital doctors are not part of the strike this time.
“Our doctors now stopped the strike and are now coming back to work. The doctors of Serekunda General Hospital have the Gambian interest at heart,” he said.
He finally went on to advise both parties (MoH&SW and GARD) to have a dialogue to arrest the situation, adding that they should both look at the interest of the patient and come with a solution.
Momodou Lamin Jammeh, PRO Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital stated that the main referral hospital was not affected by the GARD strike.
He said acknowledged that the emergency services were not affected but the clinic was, disclosing that the 50 consultants and senior nurses are taking care of the services of the hospital.
Ebrima Jarra, a patient who was at the hospital at the time, stated that the doctors are failing in their profession, adding that they don’t have the Gambian people at heart
Binta Marong, also a patient, blamed the doctors for being very unprofessional in their conduct.
Another Gambian, Foday Ceesay, said that doctors are not fair to the Gambian people.