By Adama Tine
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health (MoH) Dr. Momodou Lamin Jaiteh on Friday, on behalf of his minister praised the World Bank after receiving highly modern technology equipment meant for COVID 19 vaccination and the establishment of an electronic civil registration system within The Gambia’s health system.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at the Central Medical Store in Kotu, PS Jaiteh revealed that from the advent of COVID 19, the World Bank had been the first ever partner that chipped in significant amounts of financial resources and technical expertise to propel The Gambia’s response to fighting COVID 19.
Jaiteh also added that The Gambia has ever maintained its birth and deaths registration system manually which was not without countless number of challenges, imperfections and also duplicity of human errors which has pondered the minds of officials in the ministry as to how they could catch up with the rest of the world in modernizing digitally the country’s data system.
He outlined that the equipment would go a long way in ensuring that good and quality data is maintained for the benefit of Gambians but also ensure the country complies with international best practices, and as well as have a strong data and reliable data backbone for the country’s for generations to come.
Dr. Samuel Mills, Task Team Leader for the project said World Bank is supporting the MoH to establish electronic logistics management information system, to establish electronic medical report system, establish human resource management system and several other systems within the system.
The equipment included 140 desktops, 60 laptops, 60 tablets, 140 webcams, 140 UPS 1000 VA, 140 power line 4 plugs 10m, 120 printers,120 scanners, 8 lamination machines, 60 solar bags, 8 battery backups and 1 all-in-one printer.