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Monday, September 21, 2020

Brikama gets US$200,000 Eye Vision Centre

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Health minister Omar Sey, said “gone are the days when Gambians have to depend on used and recycled glasses from whatever source”, which he said, are expensive and oftentimes not affordable for the average Gambian.

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“This project will help you to be diagnosed and be provided with the right prescription. By 2015, a similar project is going to be started in Basse, Soma and the Sulayman Junkung Jammeh Hospital in Bwiam at a tune of one million dollars,” he told the gathering.

Minister Sey further called on both the health centre management and the community of Brikama to take good care of the centre in order to maintain quality delivery of service at all times.

Speaking earlier, Sarjo Kanyi, programme manager, National Eye Care Services, stated that one of the objectives of the project is to eradicate blindness in the country. Mr Kanyi also used the occasion to assure partners of his ministry’s readiness to collaborate in similar ventures in the future.

Mustapha Njie, project manager, Onesight The Gambia, revealed that one in every three Gambian has vision problem.  “Because of this, we are committed to eradicate blindness in The Gambia and by extension, the world at large,” he said.

Similar remarks were delivered by Ebou Corr, officer-in-charge at the Brikama Major Health Centre.  Ms Isatou Jobe gave an overview of the project. At the end of the launching ceremony, a conducted tour of the facility was led by the minister and delegation.

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