Gabon: Bongo Announces Creation Of 9 New Diagnostic Centres

President Ali Bongo Ondimba has announced the creation of nine new diagnostic centres throughout the national territory.

He said the initiative is within the context of the consolidation of health services to the populations and to reduce the cost of laboratory examinations. 

These centres would be operational within the first six months of 2021, he revealed.

In an address to the nation to mark the 60th anniversary of the country’s independence on August 16, President Bongo said “health services should no longer be a luxury as we have the will and means to provide them”.

“These last months, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, financial efforts have been made in the health domain to provide Gabon new performant tools such as the Professor Gahouma Laboratory as well as the specialist Covid-19 hospital. 

“These structures even after the current health crisis, would durably reinforce the technical structures of our country”, the Gabonese leader declared adding that the amelioration of the quality of health services available to his compatriots has always been and remains one of his primary preoccupations.

He lauded the efforts of his government within the last years to ensure the wellbeing of Gabonese and used the occasion to “measure the path taken during the last sixty years, to see whether the glass is half full, or as others would say, half empty”.

“These last ten years, we have constructed and modernized our hospital infrastructures in order to ameliorate the health facilities available to our people. 

“We have developed and institutionalized our health insurance in order that health services are available to all, and in particular, to the most vulnerable of our populations”, President Bongo declared.

“I have instructed the government to actively work with the obligation of results. Thus, nine diagnostic centres are in the course of being deployed in our provinces for an effective take-off during the first semester of 2021”, the Gabonese leader insisted.

It should be noted that the current COVID-19 situation in Gabon stands at 8,225 confirmed positive cases, 6,277 successfully treated and 51 deaths.

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