By: Saidina Alieu Jarjou
Mr. President, I present compliments to you and write this open letter with sorrow and sadness as a disturbed citizen and not a viewer about the increasing rate at which many innocent patients are losing their lives in some health facilities countrywide.
Mr. President, I do not doubt that you are aware that health plays a significant role in one’s life; a person must survive on this planet. Thus, improper health leads to the death of the person, and it also leads to some significant diseases making the person unfit to execute his/her task.
Mr. President, please be informed that the purpose of my open letter is not to say things that will please you. Instead, it is to ask you to spend a few minutes reflecting and thinking about our patients lying down in hospitals without proper medication. You will be surprised to know that some citizens in rural Gambia have to walk long hours to access health care. Come to think of the saddest part; most dwellers use donkeys as means of transportation which many suffer before reaching the hospital.
Mr. President, may I remind you that one of your campaign promises was to provide better healthcare to the citizens from Kartong to Koina. The last time I checked, it was believed that clinics and hospitals are supposed to be safe spaces for the sick. Unfortunately, it has become a death trap, especially for women during childbirth.
I know that the Gambia health sector has some dedicated professionals who work passionately and try their best to serve their patients with meager resources.
However, Mr. President, I regret to say that the health sector under your leadership is in a catastrophic state of concern, further sinking in broad daylight like the mighty Titanic due to inadequate medical facilities and human resources.
Mr. President, so many questions have been coming to my mind. How can sovereign citizens trust your administration if the health sector moves towards an unknown destination?
While I look forward to you improving the health sector, please accept the assurance of my consideration.
Saidina Alieu Jarjou