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.”