Sunday, March 26

GPA signs D3M contract for Brikama District Hospital rehabilitation, construction of nurses’ station

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The contract duration is for three months. 

While signing this multi-million dalasi project, the GPA Managing Director Ousman M. Jobarteh explained how his Authority saw the need to rehabilitate and construct a new nurses’ station at Brikama District Hospital, saying the desire to support Brikama and the West Coast Region with the project arose when he personally visited the hospital in March 2021 at the invitation of Alieu K. Darboe, the Councilor of Kembujeh Ward. 

“In March 2021, I was invited to Brikama District Hospital as a donor partner to Alieu K. Darboe Foundation (AKDF), a charitable organisation founded by Alieu K. Darboe, the councilor of Kembujeh Ward. After the presentation of assorted items for pregnant women at the maternity ward, I had a brief tour of the facility and realised firsthand that the hospital needs to be supported to deal with the growing demand for its services,” GPA boss explained. 

MD Jobarteh also said that this social intervention is in fulfilment of GPA’s corporate social responsibilities. He was quick to indicate that this is not the first time the Authority has supported the health sector, noting similar interventions at EFSTH, Farafenni Referral Hospital and the Bansang School of midwifery. This is alongside annual scholarships to more than 150 students pursuing various science courses at the UTG. GPA spends more than D9 million per year in tuition fees under the Operation Promote Excellence in Sciences (OPES) programme for the promotion of education in Science, Technical, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) – a package initiated since 2006 by a former GPA MD, Muhammed Lamin Gibba. 

The GPA boss is optimistic that the completion of the project will give Brikama District Hospital a structural facelift and enhance timely and accessible service delivery. This would then be complemented by provision of medical equipment and other necessary resources to improve patients’ access to medical facilities at this District Hospital, which is a major catchment area for the West Coast Region and beyond.