Wealthy Gambians being treated abroad are targeted

 

Most Gambians cannot travel outside the country for birth and medical tourism, and there is increasing anger against those who do so.

Cabinet ministers, senior government officials and National Assembly members have health insurance or financial means to pay their own medical bills. Many go abroad because there are no facilities or limited treatment in Gambia. Cancer treatment is one such area.  They go to Israel, the UK, USA, Canada, France, Senegal, South Africa, India and Thailand.

According to the Health Ministry hundreds of Gambians travel abroad for birth and medical tourism, and particularly for cancer treatment, which costs thousands of dollars.

Public anger is growing, as those same officials do not provide funds or facilities to support cancer patients or the wider heath care system in Gambia.  Their argument is that the millions of dollars spent on birth and medical tourism by Gambians could be used to upgrade medical facilities in the country.

Gambia is one of the smallest countries in West Africa, with a population of 1.5 million and an improving economy.

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