FOR THREATENING TO CLOSE HEALTH POST
Electorate in Foni Bondali constituency in West Coast Region would not forgive their national assembly member for threatening to shut down the only health post in the area. They therefore want Hon. Alhagie Matarr Kujabi to justify why he had written to the Department of Health ordering the closure of Bondali Jola Kunda health post.
Villagers of Jola Kunda organized a meeting last Wednesday to vent their anger and disappointment on Kujabi for failing to represent or defend the interest of his constituents.
Speaker after speaker blamed Hon. Kujabi for “not doing enough to bail out the health facility.” Kujabi said shortage of drugs in the facility warranted the closure.
“His remarks are simply misleading and baseless because the post is not going through drugs shortage,” countered Hadi Sabally. “It’s a pity to have Matarr as our representative.
“We are disappointed to hear that our own representative is working hard to close down the only health facility we have,” he said, showering praises on Sainey Mendy, the Community Health Nurse who sometimes buy drugs with his own money when there is a shortage of drugs.
“Mendy has been very helpful to the community, and any attempts to deny him employment without genuine reasons would be too painful. Such attempts would not help our community either.”
Jatto Jatta asked why Mr. Kujabi would undermine them because they invested their time and resources to get him elected. “He is not even paying us a visit to know our concerns,” he complained. “So where did he get his facts from?”
Modou Lamin Colley said the lawmaker has made a costly error. “He should pre-occupy himself with consulting his electorate rather than striking them on their backs. That’s not the least expected of him. Lawmakers who care for their constituents visit and ask about their problems.”
The former chief of Bondali district gave a brief history of the health post. “The post was established during my chieftaincy tenure in 1997,” said Alhagie Ebou Colley. “My wife who was a lady councilor sent a proposal to the Women In Development. At the time the vice president was the executive director granted the proposal.” Mr. Colley said Social Development Fund also contributed to the construction of the health post.
Colley rubbished Hon. Kujabi’s claims, saying there is “no iota of truth in them. The nurse even visits patients in remote communities who could not make it to the post. Constituents vowed their readiness to unseat Mr. Kujabi in the next election.