By Amadou Manjang
The Serekunda Health facility is currently operating without an ambulance, according to Ebrima Njie, a committee member of the said facility. According to him, the facility which is located deep in the heart of Serekunda and close to the ‘Sandika’ market, has been in operation for the past years, without an ambulance. He said lack of an ambulance is a big challenge for the Health facility, especially when it comes to referral of patients to other major health centres like Serekunda General Hospital in Kanifing or the EFSTH.
“The Health facility urgently needs an ambulance especially for the safety referral of our patients,” he said.
According to Njie, they were promised by the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) that they will be given an ambulance but they are yet to receive it.
In 2018, there was an ambulance donation ceremony held at the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) where many hospitals and health facilities excluding Serrekunda Health facility, received ambulances.
However, when contacted to shed light on the above information, Karamo Ceesay, the Councilor of Tallinding South said the project that donated ambulances to health facilities was not initiated by the KMC, but by Tallinding South Ward Development Committee. He argued that the Committee of Serekunda Health facility did not request any ambulance from the project, and claimed that no promise was also made to the health facility, regarding the donation of an ambulance.