EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA:-Gambians have hailed honourable Halifa Sallah for refusing to seek medical treatment abroad after suffering from a very delicate health condition.
The lawmaker underwent series of surgeries after sustaining eye injuries in an accident earlier in the year 2016 following the coalition preparations.
According to reports, the first surgery was conducted in 2016 but there was a further sequela from the earlier trauma, demanding a second surgery in 2018 to restore his eyesight. Hon. Sallah has reportedly recovered successfully.
The operation was performed by Gambians and headed by Dr. Abba Hydara – senior consultant ophthalmic surgeon, Mrs Isatou Taal – senior ophthalmic medical assistant and in-charge of the SZRECC Eye Theatre, and Dawda Kairaba EK Sarr – SRN/Ophthalmic Nurse.
When the news broke out, congratulatory messages flooded in from Gambians for a man many perceived as someone who is worth leading the country, and a patriot that has demonstrated an inward looking approach to development.
“Thank you for having confidence in our medical personnel. You insisted in having your operations here in the Gambia even though you had all the opportunity to have gone abroad as your family members, friends and others offered to bank roll any medical costs,” Alhagie Abubacarr Sillah commented on Kexx Sanneh’s Facebook post.
To Lamin Jatta, Halifa Sallah is the visionary leader that Gambia need. “He has demonstrated this promise over and over again. Yet we decide to choose leaders with no vision, knowledge or love for country because of tribal and other misguided considerations. So we all deserve to be where we are. Wishing Hon. Sallah good health and the best of luck.”
Tijan Bah said he is leading by example. “Leadership by example! My Respects this revered patriot……Speedy recovery Hon.”
Commenting on What’s On-Gambia’s post, Tapha Joof said: “This is our country and need to trust people and have confident on them. Speedy recovery honourable sallah.”
Another user, Demba Jarju added: “With scarce resources in our health system, yet again he trust in our personnels as Gambians.”
Abdou Aziz is with the view that the conviction of Halifa Sallah on Gambians, is for everyone to learn from. “Only a person who trust himself, will trust your country mate. Thanks to the Doyen for trusting our Health deliverers. Allah grant you good health Sallah,” he said.
For Tayip Bah, this is a clear demonstration of inward looking approach to development he has been talking about. “A lot could be done from within but we have to trust and empower the system first.”