By Tabora Bojang
On the sidelines of his constitutionally mandated ‘Meet the People tour’, President Adama Barrow presided over a handing over ceremony of medical items to the Basse Hospital in the Upper River Region.
The Chinese Embassy in Banjul donated the medical and clinical items said to worth D700,000.
Health minister Dr Amadou Samateh received the items on behalf of the government.
Samateh, who hailed the PRC for its commitment to the development of the health sector of The Gambia, said the donation will in expand access to reliable health coverage to improve health care delivery in the region.
Chinese Ambassador to The Gambia, Ma Jianchun said: “The donation and free medical services is good gesture in improving the conditions of Basse Hospital and enabling it to better provide health services to the local community.”
On the same day a Chinese medical team currently in the country carried out free medical consultation and treatment at the Hospital.
Ambassador Jianchun lauds the friendly health exchange and cooperation between China and Gambia since the resumption of bilateral ties in 2016, adding that in the past three years Chinese medical team embarked on an outreach to deliver medical services at Bansang and Basse hospitals, benefitting over 700 residents.
He disclosed that a team of medical doctors is expected to arrive in the country early next year with a mission of providing second free cataract operations for Gambians and sponsor nationwide campaign on HIV/AIDS sensitisation.