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Sulayman Junkung General Hospital
Bwiam Town
Central River Region
Foni Kansala District
The Gambia
West Africa

Tel no: +220 4489085


The Sulayman Junkung General Hospital (SJGH) was built in 2003 and is operated by the Gambian Government Ministry of Health.

It is one of only a handful hospitals serving the Gambia. Built in 2003 by the Gambian government, it serves the local and surrounding population of 100,000. It treats approximately 16,000 patients annually. It is operated and funded by the Gambian government ministry of health.

The 2 room accident and emergency department (ďA & EĒ) is open twenty four hours a day, seven days a week and includes a twenty three hour 4 bed observation unit. It is staffed by nurses and foreign service physicians from Cuba.

There is an out patient pharmacy and a lab. Studies available are very limited. A dental and ophthalmology clinic are open Monday through Friday and are staffed by trained nurses. The in-patient wards include, medical, surgical, maternity, TB and paediatric. They have one operating theater. There are no radiology facilities. Sterilization of instruments is achieved via a very old small autoclave however, recently a new one has been donated and will be connected soon.

There is a conference room for meetings and lectures and an LCD projector is available. A small medical library has been established with six new computers, one with dial up internet access (unreliable at times) for those who open their own personal account.

Medical trekking teams travel to remote villages to provide onsite healthcare (mostly womenís health and well baby exams) to patients who live too far to travel to SJGH. An ambulance (more like an SUV) is used to transport patients to Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital (RVH) in Banjul if needed. RVH offers more advanced diagnostic and operative services.

The major diseases treated are Malaria, TB, HIV/AIDS, Pneumonia, Hypertension, CHF. Also inguinal hernia, burns, fractures and skin infections. Maternal health is also a large part of the care delivered at SJGH. Most commonly however are basic everyday viral illnesses are treated in the outpatient departments that are seen here in PCP offices.

Through the tireless efforts of the non-profit organization Power Up Gambia, six new multi-panel tracking solar systems were donated which will provides SJGH with almost continuous electricity! There is a a diesel generator that serves as a back up and supports larger equipment such as new laundry machines that were recently donated but are yet to be used due to lack of adequate water supply. In January of 2008 twelve solar panels were installed and a new well pump. The new solar powered water pump does pump adequate water supply for 24 hours but sadly they donít have enough storage tanks so thereís only enough water to last approximately eight hours per day.


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