‘Our vision is to provide quality and affordable health service’

Thursday, January 04, 2018

The officer-in-charge (OIC) of Kwinella Health Centre has disclosed that their vision in the health sector was to provide quality and affordable health services for all and to promote and protect the facility and health of the population through equitable provision of quality health care.

In an exclusive interview with this paper recently at Kwinella Health Facility in LRR during the launching of a borehole project that is to provide water for both the health facility and the local community, Baboucarr Sarr buttressed that “Team Kwinella Health Staff” are committed and willing in the provision of accessible and affordable quality health services at point of demand especially for women and children, irrespective of their ethnical or religious affiliations.

A healthy population, he said is a wealthy population, therefore this triggers their commitment at the only health Centre in Kiang Central District, adding that they will do what it takes to improve the health status and livelihood of these people through implementing such small complementary projects.

Sarr, who took the position of OIC at Kwinella Health centre in February 2017, registered his gratitude to all their donors for complementing government`s efforts through their immense contributions to the development of the facility but more special to Makoi Gambia through their national coordinator, Mafaal Saidy, for sponsoring the drilling and establishment of the borehole for utilization by both the health centre and the local communities, and the tilling of the labour ward, OPD, admission ward, two bathrooms and two toilets.

In addition, Makoi Gambia further provided the health centre with three heavy-duty solar panels, two over-head water tanks with a capacity of 500 litres each, computers, B/P machines, baby clothes and rehabilitation of waste man-holes among host of others.

As health service providers, individuals and as a population, he said “we all wish and strive to provide and receive high quality health care services that are effectively coordinated,” emphasising that all hands must be put on deck in the realisation and achievement of our dreams and set visions.

“We continue to be responsive to health prevention, promotion, treatment, rehabilitation and control of existing and emerging health issues bearing a strong recognition that a healthy nation is a major contributor to the acceleration of socio economic growth of a nation,” he pointed out.

“We will strive to continually reduce the burden of illness and to improve the health of this local people, but I equally called on the people too to seek for early medical advice from the health centre whenever they feel sick and not to wait until when it is too late, as delay in treatment results to more complications,” he posited, buttressing that villages and communities far from the facility and face transport difficulties should make sure to report to the health centre for timely intervention.

Sarr therefore used this opportunity and suggest to local structures including Village Development Committees (VDCs), youth & women groups and organization (kafos) should intervene in mitigating this problem of evacuating the sick to the health facility.

Calling on the general populace as the beneficiaries of the health facility, OIC Sarr revealed that early and timely access to health services improve the likelihood of disease screening and early detection, the management of chronic illness, and the effective treatment of acute conditions.

Sarr disclosed that they will continue to complement government`s efforts to strengthen policies and positive options available to achieve stable health care coverage for individuals and families within the district of Kiang Central and beyond.

He finally called on the trained nurses and doctors from Kiang Central to give back to their communities by organising free-clinic-day exercise and awareness creation, where services and lectures would be rendered to the needy community.

Author: Sheikh Alkinky Sanyang
Source: Picture: Baboucarr Sarr, OIC, Kwinella Health Centre