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RVTH inaugurates new board to improve performance

Feb 20, 2012, 11:27 AM | Article By: Isatou Senghore

A new management board of the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital, RVTH, was Friday inaugurated at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Banjul.

The development, which followed a recent reshuffle and actions including a complete overhaul of the entire RVTH management structure, is expected to contribute towards addressing what many view as a deteriorating service delivery at the RVTH, and also improve performance at the country’s top referral hospital.

The new Board comprised Mr Ismaila Njie as chairperson, Dawda Fadera vice chairperson, Dr. Ahmed Secka chief medical director, Dr. Ousman Nyan dean of the faculty of medicine UTG, Tulai Jawara, legal practitioner, Dr. Adama Sallah a medical practitioner, Dr. Francis Sarr, Nursing practitioner, Dr. Mamady Cham director of health services, George Gomez and Ida Jahumpa Njie.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Fatim Badjie, minister of Health and Social Welfare, said the new board will not be a sleeping board nor will it be slow in taking action, and to plan the direction of the hospital.

She described the inauguration of the new RVTH board as a turning point in the state of affairs and management of the hospital, adding that the recent upheavals in the RVTH, which led to its restructuring and reforms are now an open secret.

Noting that the role of the RVTH as the premier hospital in The Gambia cannot be overemphasized, health minister Badjie said providing the people of The Gambia with medical care to an international standard must remain the cornerstone of the Gambian health care system.

“My ministry will, therefore, not compromise quality health care delivery,” she stated.

Yaya Sireh Jallow, the permanent secretary, expressed optimism that the trust and confidence reposed on the new board will pay dividends, as the authorities see in them, individually and collectively, knights in shining armour ready, willing and able to transform the RVTH into a paragon of excellence in service delivery.

According to PS Jallow, the main function of the board is to provide guidance and management oversight to the hospital to ensure that its operations are consistent with its vision and mission statements, and they are effective, efficient and designed for the satisfaction of the Gambian population.

Dr Ahmed Secka, chief medical director RVTH, assured all that they will make sure that failing is not an option, noting that they will work to satisfy the Gambian population.