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Turkey to provide free medical care for 25 Gambians each year

Aug 29, 2014, 11:22 AM | Article By: Njie Baldeh

The government of Turkey is to provide free medical treatment for 25 Gambians each year, according to the Turkey-Gambia agreement on cooperation in the fields of health and medical sciences. It was ratified by the National Assembly on Tuesday.

Hon. Bala Garba Jahumpa, deputizing for the minister of Health, said the agreement enhances cooperation between the two countries in the fields of health and medical sciences.

This will contribute to improving the health of the Gambian people, he added.

According to Jahumpa, the ministries of health of The Gambia and Turkey “shall provide for the implementation of this agreement.”

Minister Jahumpa further announced that, under the agreement, “Turkey shall provide free treatment each year for 25 patients who could not be treated in The Gambia.”

They will be selected by the Health ministry in Banjul of Health and the embassy of Turkey in Banjul, and approved by Turkey’s ministry of Health.

The round-trip tickets of the patients shall be covered by The Gambian side, under the agreement which enters into force, ”after completion of their internal legal procedures required for the entry into force of the agreement.”