Gambian President, Adama Barrow Monday laid the foundation stone for a new state-of-the art health facility valued at $27 million.The hospital project located in the resort town of Kololi is being jointly funded by the African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank.
The proposed hospital to be called Horizons Clinic’ was conceived by Professor James N’Dow, a world renowned Gambian health expert, with over two decades experience as a medical practitioner across Africa and Europe.
A statement by the Health and Social Welfare minister, Saffie Lowe Ceesay read by the Minister of Basic and Secondary Education, Claudiana Cole said, the initiative will greatly increase access to quality health care in the country.
It said the ministry was looking forward to a modern hospital providing advanced health services to the Gambian populace, citing its expected potential to reducing maternal mortality and improving maternal and reproductive health care in the country.
According to the Minister’s statement, the national demographic report of the population census in 2013 puts the country’s maternal mortality at 433 for every 100,000 life-births, citing the need to tackle the problem.
The Minister of Tourism and Culture, Hamat Bah described the project as historic especially as far as medical tourism in the country was concerned.
He said the facility will improve product value and increase tourist arrivals in The Gambia.
President Barrow welcome the initiative, saying it is in-line with his government’s strategies for the improvement of the health sector for the benefit of the citizenry.
He also said the initiative is part of the public-private sector partnership.
Mr Barrow claimed the Horizons Clinic if completed will cut the country’s spending on health outside of the country, while calling on all Gambians to embrace take full advantage of it.