President Barrow has promised Gambians that his Government is committed to providing justice to victims of the recent AKI deaths in children due to Indian-made cough syrups.
In his New Year message, Barrow said: “Lessons learned from the COVID-19 and AKI outbreaks have put us in a stronger position to strengthen our health system further. Meanwhile, the Task Force I set up is investigating the cause of the AKI outbreak and will submit its report in the New Year. We will review the report with the recommendations from the National Assembly to inform the Government’s decision on the matter. The outbreak was indeed tragic. We sympathize with all the families and persons affected and mourn the loss of those precious Gambian children. I assure the nation that the Government will do all it takes to discover what led to the tragedy and how to prevent its recurrence.”
The President added: ” The initiative we took to improve the health infrastructure is advancing smoothly. Besides the widespread construction works in progress, we plan to transform the Basse and Brikama health facilities into regional hospitals. Construction will begin in 2023.