Health Minister apologises to resident Doctors

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Gambia’s minister of health has apologized to the country’s doctors following a statement she made against them that angered the resident doctors and demanded for apology and rescind the statement and resign.
Last month, Standard Newspaper reported quoting Saffie Lowe-Ceesay as saying that developing Gambia’s Health sector is held back by corruption and unpatriotic doctors. “When you talk about corruption in the Health system we all know how it is… these young doctors that will just go and practice pharmaceutics, some of them have opened their own pharmacies with the resources that we have. I am very sure of what I am saying because I was the PS,” she was quoted by the Standard during a press conference.
She apologised to the doctors on Tuesday saying her statement was not made out of malice but said on the contrary, it was made to turn around the negative image that the ministry is synonymous with. “As custodian of the sector and in the interest of the population, I extend an apology to anyone who might have been offended by the statement.”
The minister promised that her minister will continue to work in earnest and in close collaboration with all health personnel and ignore the undue distraction to put in place a desired drug accessibility system and better service deliver for The Gambian population who deserve better.

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