EYEAFRICA TV: Basse, Upper River Region: Gambia government has procured Seven 40ft containers of medical supplies and surgical items, health Minister Dr. Ahmad Samateh said, during President Adama Barrow’s meet the people tour meeting in Kabada, Kiang East.
The drugs are already in-country and will be distributed to health centers across the country soon, Dr. Samateh added.
The gathering was also informed that the government of The Gambia, under the direction of President Barrow, is embarking on a major rehabilitation program of health centers and replacing dysfunctional medical equipment at major hospitals.
The Health Minister announced plans of his Ministry to construct seven (7) health centers with funding from GAVI and UNICEF, assuring that the communities on the Kabada belt of the LRR will be beneficiaries.
The Minister also inform the public of the introduction of a new ambulance service in the country, especially hard-to-reach areas of the provinces. The initiative will allow villages to be able to directly call for help in case of emergencies, ensuring that patients are picked from their homes.
Blood Donation Due to acute shortage of blood in health centers leading to avoidable deaths, particularly in maternity, Minister Samateh called on the general public to become regular blood donors. Blood donation is fulfilling and saves lives. He dispelled myths around giving blood, stating that lab scientists will not take blood from anyone to whom it will be detrimental.