New Health Clinic Promises to offer Quality Medicare to Gambians

Mr. Yankuba Jabbi, CEO/Founder of JMC

A newly built and equipped health clinic owned and managed by a Gambian born UK trained Nurse has promised to deliver Gambians an affordable, professional and quality healthcare services with emphasis on care and treatment.

Mr. Yankuba Jabbi, founder and chief executive officer of Jabbi Maiduu Clinic (JMC)  told The Alkamba Times that the newly built health facility is an outpatient clinic established to provide quality, professional and affordable care to the population.

The young medical professional says the facility is a viable response to calls for improved health care delivery amid increasing reports of poor medical services resulting in preventable deaths across the country.

“It has always been my intention to give back to my community. I always sacrifice during my holidays in the Gambia going around hospitals, teaching staff about  current nursing practices all geared towards enhancing quality and safe health care delivery in the Gambia. This is why I came up with the idea of establishing a clinic in the Gambia to help complement governments efforts and to ensure communities enjoy a first class center that provides a continuum of care, helping patients manage chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes among others,” He told Alkamba Times in an exclusive interview from Banjul.

‘JMC clinic will endeavor to provide quality health care at all times. We will be a patient centered clinic providing care that responds to individual preferences, needs and values, he said, adding: ‘By doing this we will improve patient safety at our premises at all times and provide equitable care as well as involve patients and their relatives in decision making.’

Asked about his opinion on the deteriorating heath sector in the country, the UK trained Nurse said: “Although lots of progress has been made in the country’s healthcare delivery system, there are lot of areas that need to be urgently addressed.

‘The Gambia is a low income country with limited access to health services. Health care services need to be more accessible’ According to Mr Jabbi who hailed the current healthcare staff for their determination and hardwork under difficult circumstances.

Mr Jabbi mainly attributed the nations poor health care delivery to the lack of community ambulances, emergency care services, poor infrastructure, low staff morale and incentives, high population growth as well as a lack of accountability and adequate financial and logistic support from government.

He also decried the shortage of adequately trained health care staff as a major challenge to effective healthcare.

Cautioning the public on Covid 19, He advised people to be increasingly vigilant towards their health.
“Lets all continue to protect ourselves and others. You can have Covid -19 without any symptoms, and pass it on your family, friends, and loved ones many of whom may be at increased risk of the virus. Being healthy does not reduce your risk of catching covid- 19 or passing it on. Its important to remain vigilant and follow the advise and guidelines of public health officials. The fight is far from over.”

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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