Minister Samateh harps on govt’s commitment to quality healthcare provision

May 11, 2020, 12:30 PM | Article By: Momodou Jawo

Dr. Ahmadou Lamin Samateh, the minister for Health has underscored the significant role of government in supporting the provision of affordable and quality health care for all Gambians.

“The government always commits itself to promoting  and  protecting  the  health  of the  population  through  reasonable  provision  of  quality  health  care. Our objectives have always been to provide vibrant health care for Gambians.”

The minister was speaking to our reporter over the weekend as he concludes a tour to some health facilities in the country. He said: “We’re currently upgrading some facilities and putting up new structures especially in Essau, Njaw in CRR North and Wulli Kerewan of the Upper River Region.”

The health minister revealed that they want to construct a haemodialysis centre in Bansang in the Central River Region (CRR South). The sites that have been upgraded, he said, were being handed over to the contractors. “What I do is, I go there see what it is, emphasise on what needs to be done and monitor it to completion.”

The provision of quality health care, he added, has always been one of the heartbeats of the Gambia government over the years, saying “I want Gambia to have good facilities and I can assure that if they are completed the facilities will be nice. In fact, soon they will become functional.”

“What I always do is to monitor, assess with a view to improving the standards of quality healthcare in the country. We will continue on the improvement that we are doing at the ministry in order to seek a higher level of performance.”

The government of The Gambia, he went on, wants to improve the standard of health care in the country, adding that there are many health facilities in the country that are currently undergoing massive improvement. This, he said, is to make sure that health care service delivery is accessible, affordable and reliable to the entire population.