Mar 1, 2012, 1:51 PM
Health and Wellness Consultancy group (QIPTAHS) that aims to create solutions
to the current health care challenges has been recently launched at the
Kanifing Municipal Council’s (KMC) grounds.
The group aimed to reduce the barriers in healthcare and to transform the quality and standards of healthcare services in the country. It is a team of professional healthcare personnel with more than 30 years healthcare service experience.
According to the group’s officials, the group is familiar with the changes in Gambia’s healthcare system and that it would help in the facilitation of transfer of the much needed knowledge and technology to boost the healthcare delivery system.
The group’s president, Suntu Jarju, said their main objective was to reduce the burden of non-communicable and communicable diseases and to provide quality basic healthcare services that are affordable, available and accessible to all Gambians.
Musa Bah, deputy mayor of KMC, said the gesture is timely and important, saying the healthcare services that the group will deliver will go a long way in curbing diseases to a certain degree.
Mr. Bah said the move would also help develop resilience and prepare the body and minds of the people in dealing with health problems as they arise.
He urged that people should grab and benefit from the health services of the QIPTAHS group. “Keeping the body in good health is a duty; otherwise we shall not be able to keep our minds strong and clear.”
He also said seeing Gambians in the diaspora coming back home to contribute to national development is a sign of patriotism. “Patriotism is a thing of the heart and a person can only be a patriot if his heart beats true to his country,” he said.
Director of health services, Dr. Mustapha Bittaye, said health is not only the mere absence of disease but also the ability to bounce back from illness and other problems.
He said that the coming into play of the group would be very essential, as the group has engaged the Ministry of Health on its activities, adding that the government through the Ministry of Health cannot do it all.