May 6, 2010, 1:30 PM
Medical Center, a charity foundation has extended its operations in more
communities, with the inauguration on Saturday of its new branch in Essau,
North Bank region of The Gambia.
The inauguration of this new facility is expected to boost and make health services more convenient for people in the Northern Bank region, without resorting to travel all the way to Banjul.
Sharab Medical Director, Dr. Abubacarr Jah recalled that they started a program through Sheikh Abdoulie Jah, a charity foundation wherein they treat people in regions for free.
He indicated that they have established a large clinic in Banjul to which referrals are made, pointing out that people in the North Bank Region often cross the river by ferry to access their medical facility in Banjul.
“And as such, we decided to establish a branch in the region to enable people in the area benefit from our services.”
Dr Jah assured the people of quality of service just as their services in their respective facilities. “In the whole of The Gambia for now, we are one of the only clinics which are fully computerized, that means that when you enter to the clinic till you go out, everything will be inside a computer, and everything can be kept. We are starting with that even here.” he added.
He underscored the need for government to work with people so as to get things done adding that they will work “hand in gloves” to meet the health requirement of the people.
Director of Regional Health Team Esau, Lamin Manneh lauded the entire Sharab Medical team for coming up with such a “noble initiative.”
He stressed the importance of health in any meaningful development, adding that health is about partnership.
“Government has a role to play, NGOs have a role to play, and Civil Society has a role to play.”
The establishment of the clinic, he added will significantly reduce the burden on the existing health facilities in the region.
He expressed optimism that the hours spent to access health services will now be diverted into productive daily activities to improve the socio-economic status of the natives.
Chief of the District, Fabakary Nana Sonko expressed delight to be associated with the event, and thanked the Sharab Medical team for coming in to save people of North Bank Region from their daily nightmare in accessing health services at Banjul.