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Health is link to wealth!

Dec 24, 2019, 12:26 PM

Health and wealth of a nation are fundamentally linked. And there is this popular saying that healthier populations live longer, more productive lives, leading to greater economic prosperity. This simply shows the importance of health for countries.

As reported in the news, the INNOVARX Global Health, a business-to-business cum business-to-customer service provider recently extended its services to The Gambia with the inauguration of its new regional complex in Kanifing.

The move could not have come at a better time than now, when there is increasing calls for government to invest more in the health sector. It is open secret that government alone cannot do it, thus the need for more partnership in the area of health. We must also put our collective efforts together if we are to achieve any meaningful progressive as a nation.

It is clear, therefore, that as a country and as individuals, the need to pay greater attention to health cannot be ignored.

The time to clean up our act is now. Gambians cannot continue in this vein where millions of dollars are being flushed down the drain because of bad health habits.

Nation building efforts cannot be successful if adequate attention is not paid to the population’s health. Therefore, health plays an integral role in any country’s development crusade.  At the core of this mandate are our health workers who give care to the sick so that they are able to work and care for their families.

Thus, the coming of this new firm, which is set to become the premier clinical services and technology solutions provider in The Gambia, will now ensure access to quality and affordable care to all Gambians. However, what is more gratifying is that the move is in line with the overall government agenda as clearly spelt out in the National Development Plan to upgrade health facilities, improve access and assure affordability.

We must put at the back of our minds that the quality of health sector determines the quality of life for country’s population.

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”

Mahatma Gandhi