NA health Committee presents recommendation report to Health Ministry

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Following the completion of their first phase tour of the National Assembly Select Committee on health to institutions under the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, a recommendation report was on Monday presented to the Ministry of Health officials at the National Assembly building for review.

Presenting the report, Ousman Sillah, chairman National Select Committee on Health said the committee was set up in accordance with Section 102 (a) and 109 (c) of the 1997 Constitution, saying one of the key oversight roles is to review how effectively resources are being spent and used in accordance with budget appropriation.

He said it is also part of their role to ensure that the results are achieved in line with the 2010-2012 national health policy and the 2014-2020 National strategy plan.

The first phase of the review process, he said, took place from 7 to 21 November 2017.  The Banjul North NAM said the committee reviewed documents, conducted face-to-face meetings and site visits to 5 hospitals, among them Tanka Tanka psychiatric facility and 2 major health centers.

Following the conclusion of the oversight engagement, a report was prepared and presented to the National Assembly in December 2017 and was subsequently adopted.

Mr. Sillah said recommendation for strengthening the health sector to deliver services has been formulated on the basis of a comprehensive system approach.

Receiving the report on behalf of the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, permanent secretary Dr. Cherno Omar Barry commended the committee for presenting the recommendation report for discussion.

PS Jallow described the report as a very important document to the ministry, saying the tour that the committee conducted around the country was a requirement. 

Saikou Marong, select committee member and member for Latrikunda Sabiji, who delivered the policy context, said the health sector has been facing series of problems particularly with cases of non-communicable diseases.

Director of health services Dr. Mamadi Cham acknowledged that the country’s health system is not designed to only treat diseases, but to prevent it. 

Author: Njie Baldeh