By Omar Bah
ASB Clinic, commonly called German Clinic will shut down all operations for four months effective 5th June. The closure is necessitated by logistical constraints.
The Dippa Kunda-based clinic was established 19 years ago and has since grown from an initially small health station to a robust medical centre providing health services to thousands of Gambians annually.
In 2019, the clinic was indefinitely shut down by the government of The Gambia before it was reopened.
Yesterday, the clinic’s management told The Standard one of the reasons for the temporary closure is the lack of space and the imperative to expand.
“During the last two years, it transpired that further development for the treatment of patients, such as use of diagnostic equipment, was constrained, due to limited space in the clinic premises,” manager Abdoulie Bah said.
He said as the clinic is committed to continue fulfilling its commitment of being a reliable partner to the community in health care, it thought it was fitting to expand its premises.
“Over the last 12 months, numerous discussions took place to work out a structure of how such an expansion could be implemented. This included the possibility of moving the clinic to a nearby plot of land. This option, however, was dismissed as the scale of such a move was out of our budgetary scope. We finally opted to expand the current clinic premises by adding a storey which will enable the clinic to modernise and enlarge all its departments,” he said.
Mr Bah said the construction is anticipated to complete by the end of September 2021.
“We will contact you as soon as we settle for operations again and we hope to continue providing better services to you. We apologise for any inconvenience,” he said.