As ASB Clinic Reopens, Patients Continue To Surge In Large Numbers

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Barely 5 days after its reopening, ASB Clinic continues to witness a surge of patients coming from various corners of the country. In spite of the sad episode the health facility went through these past days, its reputation remains intact.
“We are happy that ASB Clinic is reopen again,” ASB Clinic Project Coordinator,  Gudoum Lehmbeck, told this medium in an exclusive interview.
Established since 2002, ASB Clinic offers a wide range of services including labor and delivery services, diagnostic testing, emergency care, surgeries and dentistry.
While lauding gov’t move, she confided to this reporter that they fully cooperated with authorities about the problem reportedly linked to the maternity unit.
“We have nothing to hide,” she said.”Our goal is to give the best care to our patients.”
She further indicated that they have more than 40, 000 patients, including 1,400 deliveries on a yearly basis.
These statistics, she went on, also include more than 300 operations that are carried out with high level professionalism.
In December this year, President Adama Barrow and his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeeier, visited ASP Clinic in Dippakunda. The duo were given a rousing welcome by a huge crowd who stormed the area to witness what many observers have described as a ‘historic moment.’
As part of their efforts to keep the momentum alive, she pointed out they routinely receive visiting German doctors.
“For the past 10 years, they have conducted 700 operations free of charge,” she stated.
A guided tour of the health facility shows that the clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment necessary for diagnosis and surgery. “We even provide ultrasound scans in pregnancy!” she exclaimed.
More importantly, ASB Clinic’s Gudoum Lehmbeck announced a new project with a main focus on bone fractures repair and any problems linked with osteosynthesis.
“The project is called “Jump” and it consists of using metal device to hold the bone in place,” she noted.
She further stated that the much-needed initiative is scheduled to start next week.
Aminata Cham, a resident of Sukuta who just delivered a new born baby, commended the staff of ASB Clinic for the good services they continue to offer to the public.
“The place is clean and they provide us with good services,” she said while holding her new baby.
Yandeh Njie, a senior nurse at ASB Clinic, who also spoke to this medium, expressed delight about the decision taken by Gambia gov’t to lift the suspension.
Speaking out of frustration, she said they patients are coming from the two Guineas, Senegal and beyond.
“Our reputation is built on hard work and professionalism,” she added.
Meanwhile, one of the biggest challenge the health facility is confronted with has to do with the tiny space they occupy.
Asked why they are still dragging their feet to request Gambia gov’t to allocate them a land, Gudoum Lehmbeck made it clear that they cannot take such a step.
“We must preserve our independence,” she remarked.
Written by Abdoulie John
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