By Ramatoulie Jawo
The Gambia’s health ministry earlier today validated its national health sector policy 2021-2030.
The Policy as alluded to by the consultants, inter alia, seeks to ensure that the health sector is capable of carrying out its mandates.
Speaking during the event, Minister of Health, Dr. Ahmadou Lamin Samateh said the document would serve as a guide for health service delivery in the country.
He expects the policy to reform the health system by addressing major health challenges and put in place measures for emergency responses.
The minister also expects the policy to reduce the burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases such as Tobacco use, unhealthy diet, etc.
“I have strong conviction that the implementation of this policy measures will certainly impact on reducing morbidity and mortality of major diseases, promote a healthy lifestyle, and reduce health risks and exposures associated with negative environmental consequences such as climate change,” he said. “It will further provide the basis for an institutional and legal framework for mobilization sectors-wide resources and health service Provision for the entire.”
Dr. Samateh urged all participants to take the document very seriously because it is for the betterment of The Gambia.
The ceremony took place at Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Centre in Bijilo.