By Ousman A Marong
The Essau Major Health Centre in the North Bank Region (NBR) has started surgical operation of patients in critical conditions.
The operation was conducted on six patients who were in critical conditions at the hospital. All six of them have undergone successful surgical operation without referal. The operation started on October 13, 2020 and ended last week.
“Our main focus and target is to reduce endless referrals to the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) and the Farafenni General Hospital respectively. We have started this operation since on the 13th October and have not sent any single patients for referral to the above mentioned hospitals,” said Lamin Fofana, the Administrative Nurse in Essau Major Health Centre.
He has disclosed that women with complications of prolonged Labour which he opined is sometimes caused by obstructed Labour, fatal, distress, CPD etc are those put under the cessaciant in order to save the baby’s life and the mother.
Essau is a town in the north-western Gambia, at Lower Niumi District in the North Bank Region (NBR). The Health Centre has been the main referral of the whole region except Farafenni, Kewewan and Kuntaya.
Mr Fofana said the initiative is funded by the UNFPA through the Ministry of Health and involves doctors from Cuba and the Gambia.
“This will help to reduce the number of referrals to EFSTH. We are Planning to create both the eye and ear unit together with other wards in order to match a standard one compare to the one at the EFSTH,” he concludes.