Spanish Foreign Minister Joseph Borrel on Tuesday visited Toskani Pharma Gambia
Ltd., the first quality control medical laboratory situated in Brikama.
The Spanish medical firm is said to be the first in the sub-region and was established in 2006.
However, the visit by the Spanish diplomat, according to the officials, was to acquaint himself with the day-to-day operations at the factory and to discuss other pertinent issues in their move to achieve its desired goals.
Speaking to The Point, Basirou Jobe, manager of the Spanish Medicine Manufacturing Company, said the company was established in 2006 after undergoing its first licence pilot pre-operational medicine manufacturing test, which he said, was approved by the World Health Organisation in line with their health guideline policies for consumption.
The pre-operational medicine manufacturing test licence granted to the company by The Gambia Medical Control Agency (MCA), he said, has specifically outlined that in order to meet certain national health policies on the side of medicine manufacturing and selling, there is need to undergo quality approval pre-operational test given by the WHO.
“Anything we are doing, we make sure that it is in line with WHO standards and also matching with the health policies of the country. This why we are yet to receive our full operational licence from the government due to certain guidelines we are yet to complete before any manufacturing operations,” he said.
The Spanish medical firm, Jobe went on, aims to make sufficient and high quality standard medicines available to the people of The Gambia and the sub-region.
“It also seeks to provide job opportunities for Gambians. In addition to that, it will also serve as a center for practical studies by medical students in The Gambia, especially those who are on their medical practicals at the company. Our target is to supply not only The Gambian health sector, but the entire sub-region health sector with quality medicine consumption,” he added.