Ports Signs D3 Million Contract for Rehabilitation of Brikama  Hospital

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By Fatoumatta Conteh

The Management of Gambia Ports Authority (GPA) has awarded and signed a D3 million contract for the rehabilitation of Brikama District Hospital and the erection of a new nurses’ station. The contract was signed on Tuesday 7th February 2023 with Manjang Stars Construction, a local construction firm,

The contract duration is for three months, GPA said. 

Signing this agreement, the GPA Managing Director, Ousman M. Jobarteh, explained how the 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 this project came when he personally visited the hospital in March 2021 at the invitation of Alieu K. Darboe, the Councillor of Kembujeh Ward. 

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

The GPA head 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.