Bong Residents Embark on US$100K Clinic Construction

first_imgAs access to primary healthcare is already a challenge, especially in most rural parts of the country, residents of Degai Zulu Clan, in Faumah District, Lower Bong County, are doing everything possible to rescue their people who are dying from preventable diseases.The district has a population of nearly 30,000 due to lucrative mining businesses.Two sons of the area, Mustapha Shannon and Mohammed Massaley, who are not medical practitioners, have started constructing a seven-room clinic valued at US$100,000 for the district.Shannon told the Daily Observer that US$17,000 had already been spent on the project and he wants the government to help them fund the completion of the clinic.According to him, they were moved to undertake the project because of the way sick people were dying in the area due to the lack of a healthcare facility.  “Because of that we have to take our sick relatives to Bopolu City, in Gbarpolu County for treatment. Sometimes the sick person dies on the way to seek treatment,” he said. “Taking sick people to Bopolu is very expensive, especially due to the bad road conditions, so we have to pay motorbike riders L$800.”  He named children and pregnant women as the most vulnerable. “Most of our children and pregnant women have died because they were unable to get medical treatment,” he lamented.One of the most important things that Shannon stressed was the absence of medical practitioners to take care of the clinic once it is completed. “You can see we are not medical people, but because of the way our people usually die here from preventable diseases, we are putting up this project to help.”He continued, “We are going to appeal to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MHSW) to assign doctors to take care of the clinic, when it is completed.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Every one thought AAPs CM candidate was my man: Parrikar

first_imgPanaji, Nov 7 (PTI) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today said that in the run up to the February 2017 assembly elections, there were apprehensions that the Aam Aadmi Partys (AAP) chief ministerial candidate was “planted” by him in that party.The Aam Aadmi Party, which had failed to win even a single seat of the 39 it contested, had projected former bureaucrat Elvis Gomes as their chief ministerial candidate.Gomes had resigned as Inspector General of Prisons to join AAP and led its campaign in Goa.”In fact a lot of people thought that Elvis is my strong officer. When he went to a political set up, lot of people asked me whether I have planted my man there,” Parrikar said.”That was the reaction… He (Gomes) also must have heard people saying it, because people in Goa dont think that political thinking can be different from other things,” the chief minister said.Parrikar wasaddressing the event to launch Vedantas Womens Football League.Gomes who is also president of Goa Football Association was present on the dais along with the chief minister.Parrikar said he does not mix politics and development or football.”Whether it is development, game or state as a whole, for me every person is equal and I dont treat them as an adversary,” he said.Referring to Gomes, he said “political differences will be there. Once election code of conduct is announced, we wont see each other. But after that we can work together.”Talking about Indian football, Parrikar said the sport requires lot of more energy so that it crosses a threshold.advertisementHe said Goa also requires the push in football.”In spite of all our efforts we cant find many of them representing the country. Lot of facilities need to be opened up but the only problem is that there has to be some discipline,” he commented. PTI RPS RMT RDSlast_img read more