GAMBIA—African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), a pan-African supranational multilateral financial institution, has extended a tailored US$16.8 million Construction and Medical Tourism Relay Facility (CONMED) to Horizons Clinic (Gambia) Limited.

This facility will support the construction of Horizons Clinic, a 60-bed, international-standard medical facility that will significantly improve the healthcare system in the Gambia.

Sponsored by Horizons Clinic (Gambia) Limited and located in Kerr Serign, Kombo district, the establishment of Horizons Clinic marks a major milestone in delivering world-class healthcare services to The Gambia and neighbouring countries.

By investing in specialist medical services, Horizons Clinic aims to provide both Gambians and other nationals high-quality healthcare.

The project will create over 150 temporary jobs during the construction phase, in addition to approximately 300 permanent jobs upon completion.

These positions will include roles for both clinical and non-clinical staff, and about 30 indirect jobs for suppliers of hospital consumables, technical spare parts, cleaning services, and other local businesses.

This transaction represents Afreximbank’s largest private sector investment in The Gambia, with the project being supported by Guangxi International Construction Engineering Corporation (Gambia) Limited and Bloom Bank (Gambia) Limited.

Commenting on the transaction, Mrs. Kanayo Awani, Executive Vice President, Intra-African Trade and Export Development Bank (IAED), Afreximbank, expressed her pride in supporting the construction of Horizons Clinic.

She described the project as one that will revolutionize the healthcare landscape in The Gambia and create job opportunities for the local community.

Mrs. Awani emphasized that by investing in specialist medical services, Horizons Clinic will address the significant gap in available healthcare services, providing high-quality healthcare to Gambians and other nationals.

This investment underscores Afreximbank’s dedication to fostering private sector growth and improving healthcare infrastructure across Africa while promoting medical tourism on the continent.

On his part, Horizons Clinic Gambia Limited Board Chairman, Mr. Alpha Barry, noted that the launch of this clinic signifies a new era in healthcare for The Gambia.

Barry highlighted that the establishment of the Horizons Clinic, through the unprecedented support of Afreximbank and other esteemed partners, is a testament to their collective vision of transforming the Gambian health sector.

He went on to say that this project will not just be a building but will serve as a beacon of hope and a promise of quality healthcare for all Gambians, as well as a model for other African countries.

Barry reflected on the remarkable journey of the Horizons Clinic and its transformative impact on healthcare in The Gambia.

He saluted the extraordinary tenacity of Professor James N’Dow, noting that his unwavering dedication, visionary leadership, and relentless pursuit of excellence have been the driving force behind this monumental project.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), The Gambia’s current bed-to-population ratio stands at 1.1 per 1,000 people, significantly lower than the WHO’s recommendation of 5 per 1,000 people.

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