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toubab1020 Posted - 12 Oct 2019 : 10:57:44
Reading this article it appears that the users of the clinic were happy, I wonder what the story is here?
Better wait for the "Clarification"

By Nelson Manneh October 11, 2019

ASB Clinic has on Wednesday, 9th October been handed an indefinite closure by the Government of the Gambia.

The Clinic is located in Dippa-Kunda in the Kanifing Municipality.

When the Clinic was visited yesterday the 10th of October 2019, a notice was found posted at the Clinic’s entrance indicating that the clinic is closed till further notice.

All patients within the Jurisdiction of the clinic have been transferred to other health facilities.

Mr. Yuba Ceesay said: “We just got the information that the clinic is closed till further notice, but I don’t know the reason why it is closed.”

The Clinic officials declined to say anything with regards to what led to the closure of the clinic.

Mariam Camara, a native of Dippa Kunda said the Clinic has been very helpful to the people residing in that vicinity.

“I don’t know the reason why the clinic is closed, but the responsible parties should put their house in order and re-open the clinic because it is the only clinic we relied on in this area,” she said.

Madam Camara said since in the early hours of the morning, people have been coming to the clinic and the security on duty have been informing them that the clinic is closed till further notice.

“We are calling on the authorities who close down the clinic to solve the problem that led to its closure and re-open it,” she said.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health was contacted to the government side of the story but could not be reached. Foroyaa will continue to make a follow-up with the Ministry of Health regarding the reason which led to the closure of the clinic.
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toubab1020 Posted - 01 Nov 2019 : 10:17:30

This is good news BUT many will be very curious as to what events caused the closure ,it appears that is a matter that will not be clarified.


By Nelson Manneh October 30, 2019

Dr. Bittaye told Foroyaa: “very soon the clinic will resume operation.”

He added the management of the health facility is responding to their (mohsw) demands positively.

“We engaged the management of the clinic and they are responding to our demands positively. They are complying with all we asked them to do. They are working hard to fulfil our demands,” he said.

Readers could recall that the ASB Clinic in Dippa Kunda was indefinitely closed down by the Ministry of Health this month due to complications resulting in loss of lives.
toubab1020 Posted - 20 Oct 2019 : 17:15:29
By Kebba Ansu Manneh Last updated Oct 16, 2019

Dr. Gelson Reyes, In-Charge at Arbeiter Samariter Bund (ASB) Clinic has disclosed that the decision by the Ministry of Health to close the German clinic is very surprising, abrupt and hasty, arguing that such a decision will no doubt have an adverse effect on both patients and dozens of Gambians working at the clinic.

The Ministry of Health on Tuesday, October 8th issued a press statement informing the general public that Arbeiter Samariter Bund (ASB) Clinic at Latrikunda has been closed with immediate effect and as such all clinical activities at the health facility has been stopped until further notice.

Ministry of Health further stated that the decision was made after a series of complications in patients referred from the clinic resulted in lives lost. The deaths were established to be due to deficiency in the management of the cases and hence the management of ASB Clinic. The clinic was urged to cease operations and transfer all in-patients to the nearest appropriate health facilities.

“To my knowledge I am not aware of any complaint or letter from the Ministry of Health to notify us (ASB Clinic) that we should cease operation in so and so date with very clear reasons attached. To me the decision is very surprising, abrupt, and hasty which could have an adverse effect on the livelihood of patients and dozens of Gambians working at this clinic,” says Dr. Reyes.
Patients line up waiting for medical attention

Dr. Reyes, a trained Cuban specialist in gynecology and obstetrics, said the decision came at a time when the clinic was preparing to carry out an operation, more than 30 women waiting for screenings and tests, as well as a hall full of patients waiting for treatment, revealing that when it was announced all these patients started crying.

ASB In-Charge denies the decision to close the clinic came from the Ministry of Health, observing that it might emanate from people who are bent on seeing the clinic fall apart. He said the Ministry of Health must be well aware that before any decision to close down the operation of a health facility is made a thorough assessment of that facility must be conducted to substantiate any allegation.

“Knowing or unknowing this decision has already put the livelihoods of more than 50 of our staff and their families in danger. Most of the staff have been working here for more than 20 years, sending them out of a job becomes an issue altogether,” a distress In-Charge told Chronicle.

For Dr. Reyes, government allegations that a series of reported patient complications resulting in fatalities are false and misleading. According to Dr. Reyes, the allegation makes references to only one case that happened last year due to the patient’s reluctance to disclose his status. He said doctors can only do so much when patients hide their sickness from them.

“I feel so sad to see this clinic close down. This is the clinic where I have been receiving treatments for the past year. I have never experienced any difficulties or complications here so far, the nurses have always been caring and friendly to me anytime I come for treatment,” said Bejay Jallow.

Madam Njie, told The Chronicle that she was at the clinic to attend the weekly immunization that it offers to children, arguing that government should have notified the clinic before any harsh decision was to be taken.

Maimuna Baldeh, also a patient who has been receiving treatment from the clinic for the past three years appealed to the Gambian government to consider the plea from women who go to the clinic, adding that hundreds of women visit the clinic weekly for treatments and closing the clinic will increase the sufferings of these women and their children.

”I have been coming here for many years, but to my disappointment I came here today only to find out that the facility is closed down. I have never experienced any complications so far since I started getting treatment from this health facility,” an anonymous patient who drives from Tanji told this reporter.

She added: “I am really shocked with this decision from the Ministry of Health. I can argue anywhere that this clinic is one of the best in this country and I am challenging the Minister of Health to launch a thorough investigation into this issue immediately so that this clinic can continue the good work they have been doing for us”.

She said she has been frequenting the ASB Clinic since 2008 and delivered all three of her children at the clinic safely without any complication.
toubab1020 Posted - 14 Oct 2019 : 22:10:14
Here is the "Clarification" lives have been lost people have died,may they Rest in Peace. My Condolences to there families and friends .
I hope that there is an enquiry into the circumstances that lead to the loss of life.


By Nelson Manneh on October 14, 2019

The Director of Health Services at the Ministry of Health Dr. Mustapha Bittaye said Ardeiter-Samariter Bund (ASB) clinic has been closed down indefinitely by the Government due to complications resulting to loss of lives.

Mr. Bittaye made this remark in his office in Banjul on Friday, the 11th of October 2019.

“The closure of the clinic came about after a series of complications arising from the clinic resulting in loss of lives which were established to be due to the deficiency in the management of the cases,” Dr. Bittaye said.

Dr. Bittaye said as a Ministry, they always consider the quality of facilities in place and the safety of patients before they allow such medical facilities to operate in the country.

“We even sent out press releases which indicate the reasons why the clinic is closed down indefinitely,” he said.

He said they have already engaged the Management of the ASB clinic on certain issues and if they come to terms, the clinic will be allowed to re-open.

Our readers could recall that the Gambia authorities on Wednesday, 9th October instructed ASB Clinic to close down indefinitely.

The Management of the clinic was requested to transfer all in-patients to the nearest appropriate health facilities.

Mr. Yuba Ceesay said: “We just got the information that the clinic is closed till further notice, but I don’t know the reason why it is closed.”

He could not confirm the reason that led to the closure of the clinic.

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