Assembly select committee on health has assured to give more support to
Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Edward Francises Small Teaching Hospital
(EFSTH) by discussing their issues at the National Assembly.
Speaking at EFSTH, Hon. Ousman Sillah, the National Assembly Member (NAM) for Banjul North and also the chairperson for the committee said that the purpose of the visit was part of commencing their oversight functions at the National Assembly, adding that the discussion had started with the permanent secretary at the Health Ministry.
“We want to visit all facilities in this country as part of our oversight function, like you said, we are partners and we are all engaged by the state, some are civil servants and some are representatives of the people, and we are giving the mandate to serve the Gambian people and in that responsibility; there is oversight as well as legislative functions to represent our respective consequences to work according to law and also to deliver.”
Dr. Amadou Samateh, chief medical director, Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) welcomed the National Assembly Committee on Health for visiting the hospital, adding that the visit was very important because this hospital is very strategic in the healthcare delivery system of this country.
“This is the main referral hospital and it is the only teaching hospital, and when challenges come, this is where we all run to, so what happens here is the business of every Gambian and even non Gambians in this country,” he said.
Samateh gave a brief history of the hospital, saying it was initially called Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital and is now called Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital. He informed that it became a teaching hospital in 1999 to cater for the medical training needs of the country before the coming of the university and its medical school.