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Health PS hails WB over significant tech equipment support

Jul 28, 2021, 11:53 AM | Article By: Adama Tine

The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Health (MoH), Dr. Ahmadou Lamin Jaiteh, on Friday 23 July 2021 on behalf of his minister at the central medical store in Kotu, praised the World Bank after receiving modern technology equipment meant for COVID-19 vaccination and establishment of an electronic civil registration system within The Gambia health system.

At the presentation, PS Jaiteh revealed that from the advent of COVID-19, the WB was the first ever partner that chipped in significant amount of financial resources and technical expertise to propel The Gambia’s response to fighting COVID-19.

He added that the presentation of state-of-the-art equipment user device is yet to actualise a long standing vision of the MoH in fulfilling the mandate of the birth registration in the country.

Jaiteh added that The Gambia has ever maintained its birth and deaths registration system manually which has not been without countless number of challenges, the imperfections and also duplicity of human errors which has pondered the minds of officials in the ministry on how they could catch up with the rest of the world in digitally modernising The Gambia’s data system.

“This vision has been boosted in a very significant and major way by this initial first significant step at the support of the WB to digitise our national birth registration and civil registration system in the country,” he highlighted.

He outlined that the equipment would help in a very significant way in ensuring that good and quality data is maintained for the benefit of the citizenry and that The Gambia’s ability to comply with international best practices is also enhanced as well as a strong data and reliable data backbone for the country for the generations.

Dr. Samuel Mills who is the task team leader for the project, said the WB is supporting the MoH to establish electronic logistics management information system, to establish electronic medical report system, to establish human resource management system and several other systems within the system.

The equipment are: 140 desktops, 60 laptops, 60 tablets, 140 webcams, 140 UPS 1000 VA, 140 power line 4 plugs 10m, 120 printers,120 scanners, 8 lamination machines, 60 solar bags, 8 battery backups and 1 in all one printer.

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