VP apologises to striking doctors

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Executive Committee of The Gambia Association of Resident Doctors (GARD) Yesterday meets with the country’s Vice President at her office at State House in Banjul where they say the VP apologised to them on behalf of the health minister and the fovernment.
They say they also had a discussion with the Vice president on their ongoing industrial actions.
The Association posted on their facebook stating that VP Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajang had apologised to them about the remarks made by the health minister.
Last month, health minister Saffie Lowe-Ceesay was quoted by local media at a West African regional doctors conference hosted in Banjul as saying that Gambia’s health system development is halt back by corrupt doctors.
This angered the doctors who since then announced that they were going on a sit down strike until the minister apologies, retract her statement and resign but many Gambians have condemn that action, saying the doctors should consider the plight of the sick.
According to the doctors, the VP also reassured them of government’s commitment in restructuring a process already in progress and the procurement of drugs and other resources needed to save Gambian lives.
Health minister Lowe-Ceesay has apologise to the doctors and the entire country and promised to closely work with them in the interest of the nation but the doctors still maintain the sit down strike demanding for her resignition.
“When we talk about corruption in the health system, we all know how it is. These young doctors will just go and practice pharmaceuticals and some of them will open pharmacies with the resources that we have. I am very sure of what I am saying because I was the PS,” minister Lowe-Ceesay was quoted on the Standard Newspaper.
“We were clear about the impact of the minister’s remarks on both our relationship with our patients and GARD as a professional body,” the Association was quoted on its facebook page.

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