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toubab1020



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Posted - 18 Feb 2011 :  11:35:11  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message
Re enforcement for attitudinal change ? The president is maybe getting towards his wits end in trying to enpower The Gambia and make improvements here it is obvious in this piece from the D.O. that he is far from content:

“Now when all what you are interested in is salary and making money, and nothing else, what do you expect me to do if I know and if you were president what will you do – live the person there? If anybody is not interested in the services that you are paid, you are going home.”

He was talking about:

"the bad management of hospital equipments, especially at the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital (RVTH).

He said: “The CT Scanning machine that we have struggled for 14 years to bring, less than three years, it is down due to bad management. These are machines that are supposed to serve nothing less than 10 years and in two years they are gone."

http://observer.gm/africa/gambia/article/president-jammeh-raises-eyebrows-on-laxity-malpractices-as-new-health-minister-is-sworn-in

President Jammeh raises eyebrows on laxity, malpractices As new Health minister is sworn-in
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Friday, February 18, 2011
The president of the Republic has once again strongly warned against negligence and malpractices in the Public Service, notably in the health sector, stressing that such must stop as it will not be condoned.

His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh was speaking Tuesday afternoon at State House while presiding over the swearing-in ceremony of the newly appointed minister of Health and Social Welfare, Ms Fatim Badjie.

Fatima Badjie replaces the late Dr Abubakarr Gaye who passed away not long ago. At Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremony, Minister Badjie took three different oaths of office, allegiance and secrecy, promising to execute the functions of the portfolio without “fear or favour, affection or ill-will”. The oaths were administered by the secretary to Cabinet, Ebrima O. Camara.

Bad management
The Gambian leader stressed that laxity will not be accepted, while expressing dismay over the bad management of hospital equipments, especially at the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital (RVTH).

He said: “The CT Scanning machine that we have struggled for 14 years to bring, less than three years, it is down due to bad management. These are machines that are supposed to serve nothing less than 10 years and in two years they are gone. They have to go to the scanner at Serre Kunda Hospital.”

He added: “Now when all what you are interested in is salary and making money, and nothing else, what do you expect me to do if I know and if you were president what will you do – live the person there? If anybody is not interested in the services that you are paid, you are going home.”

To this end, the Gambian leader urged the new Health minister to keep an eye on the hospitals, while also hinting to all hospital heads that he [the president] can appear at any hospital at any time he wants to. He warned in earnest that he doesn’t want to see negligence during such visits. “There are instances where especially RVTH where somebody is dying and the nurses are on the text messages.

Know that you are wearing uniform because you are paid and you are at the RVTH to take care of the patients and not to pass texts so that you win something from one of the mobile companies. Do whatever you want and you will find yourself at Mile II especially institutions that are supposed to deliver to the public. We will be paying particular attention to Health, Education and Agriculture,” he said.

“There are so many things we need to fix at the RVTH. Do we as a government have to wait for a foreign NGO to fix our mortuary? Why do we have to wait for that – these are necessities,” he added.

Serve our people
President Jammeh then stressed the need for public servants to have conscience and faith in God, stressing that they are supposed to serve their people as nobody is going to serve them. He lamented that unfortunately, some of them do not believe that they are supposed to serve; but instead think that all they should do is to make money, paid for doing no service and in addition to that, take what doesn’t belong to them because of the get rich quick syndrome; an attitude he strongly condemned.

“It is unacceptable and I want to put a definitive stop to that. If you [people working in the medical service] are found joking and patients are in need of your attention and you are eating ‘ebbeh’ or something, you will eat it somewhere. I am going to put an end to this ugly practice that we thought we have put an end to it because we say the president doesn’t go around hospitals anymore. So be warned and this is not about politics but about delivery,” he said.

Clubs or camps
The president also reiterated his resolve to dismantle or wipe out clubs or camps in the system, something he said is unacceptable. “I am also very happy that somebody warned you [Fatim] against clubs. The ministry of Health has the most dangerous clubs each operating on its own and hostile to other. I have done my best to clear them as much as possible, but we still have some people still there. Camps are not going to be accepted and most of them are created for evil purposes – diversion of funds here and there,” he stated.

Drugs
The Gambian leader also urged the new minister to be vigilant about the movement of drugs in the hospitals, while pledging his personal support to work with her in putting an end to the misuse and diversion of government supplies. He warned that he would rather “die than seeing prescriptions made at the hospitals and they are referred to pharmaceutical companies,” something he said has been happening.

The president, while congratulating Fatim Badjie for accepting the challenge, also underscored the importance of the health sector, and urged the new minister to provide the guidance and leadership, reminding her of the importance his government attaches to it. “If you look at Ministry of Health, it is one sector which has the highest turnover of ex-ministers. Why? Because this is one sector that is constantly under my watch because it involves lives [human]. Without a healthy nation, there cannot be development. And this is why I attached so much importance to the health sector,” he remarked.

No pardon for three categories of culprits
The Gambian leader who has intensified his zero tolerance stance on violent crimes in recent times also seized the opportunity to once again stress that he is not going to have mercy or pardon three categories of criminals – drug peddlers, murderers and rapists.

He said: “There are three categories of people I have no mercy and I will never pardon them – rapists, murderers, and drug dealers. These people if you are sentenced to a million years I will make sure that you are there. I am not going to pardon any of these categories. If you are given a life sentence, serve all the rest of your life. Well God can let you go but I will never give pardon to any of these three categories.”

Speaking earlier, the vice president and minister of Women’s Affairs, Her Excellency Aja Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy, thanked the president for reappointing Fatim Badjie as cabinet minister. “The president gives opportunities to all Gambians and before he appoints you, he searches his heart and does the required consultations. So he feels that you are fit for this position and gives you the position,” Dr Njie-Saidy stated, and went on to explain the enormous task that lies ahead for the new Health minister.

“Health is not an easy sector because I was there before. It is a very broad sector and capacity is lacking. You need to build the capacity that is there to the required level because it is a very important sector. There is no Gambian that doesn’t need health service and health is wealth as we always say,” she stated.

VP Njie-Saidy reminded the new Health minister that there has been lots of investment in the health sector over the years, citing the general hospitals built across the country, as well as the upgrading of major health centres to the level of district hospital all done by the Second Republic. The vice president, while pointing out that government has done what it should do, including provision of drugs, stressed that it is only now for quality services to be delivered to the doorstep of the people.

“People have been trained – we never had a medical school before but today thank God due to the vision and leadership we have a medical school in The Gambia and we have our home-trained doctors,” she stated. She also reminded the gathering that the Gambian leader has gone far in complimenting the efforts of the government at the personal level through his President’s Alternative Treatment Programme [PATP]; a treatment she said is offered free of charge to different patients. Assuring the new Health minister of their support, Dr Njie-Saidy equally enjoined her to look at potentials of the staff with a view to achieve the desired results.

Adding her voice, the minister of Basic and Secondary Education, Fatou Lamin Faye who was overseeing the Health ministry prior Badjie’s appointment, thanked the president for bringing yet another woman on board, noting that such has again manifested President Jammeh’s aim of continuous empowerment of Gambian women.

The Basic and Secondary Education minister enjoined the new Health minister to ensure that she is able to manage the people, use the expertise around her, and build a team to enable her move on. “Make sure that you are a good listener, think thoroughly and don’t belong to any of the camps. If you are able to do that just like we did in Basic and Secondary Education[Ministry] you will be able to move on,” she advised, while assuring her personal support as well as that of the cabinet.

The Finance and Economic Affairs minister, Mambury Njie for his part, also congratulated the new minister and thanked her for having the courage to accept the challenge. The Finance minister also acknowledged the gigantic strides made in the health sector under the leadership of President Jammeh, asserting that since 1994 the sector has registered very positive gains when one talks about life expectancy, infant mortality rate, establishment of hospitals, provisions of doctors, and so on.

He affirmed that today even the most remote village in the country one can have access to health facilities. For her part, the new Health minister, Fatim Badjie described her reappointment to the cabinet as a tremendous honour for her, further describing it as another turning point in the empowerment of the youths and women in the country. “I understand the trust and confidence Your Excellency has in me and I will do my best,” she assured.

She added: “I know the health sector requires maximum attention as it is the priority sector for development. By the Grace of God and with Your Excellency’s support, the support of my ministry, and the Gambian people, I shall deliver. My aim is to move the development process of the health and social welfare forward and ensure that the healthcare system are in-line with Your Excellency’s vision of a healthy Gambia and a healthy people.”
Author: by Hatab Fadera


"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.

terangba



Egypt
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Posted - 20 Feb 2011 :  13:30:13  Show Profile Send terangba a Private Message
Toubab;

One can easily debunk the basis of the President's agrurement, one can say all he is intrested in is making money. He has his hands in every business venture in the gambia, there are reports of drug trades and arms deals. What is one to believe?
The follwers are taking a que from the leader.

God gave men dominion over the beasts and not over his fellow men unless they submit of their own free will. - Napoleon
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toubab1020



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Posted - 20 Feb 2011 :  14:23:35  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message
MOST state leaders in the world are very interested in making money that's true.

MOST politicians in the world are interested in making money that's true.

SOME politicians and state leaders are interested in making MONEY in ways that the AVERAGE person considers not honest,that's true.

SOME people are GOOD,SOME people are bad,that's TRUE



Your signature of :
"God gave men dominion over the beasts and not over his fellow men unless they submit of their own free will. - Napoleon" that's TRUE.

"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.

Edited by - toubab1020 on 20 Feb 2011 14:26:52
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