By Omar Bah

President Adama Barrow has claimed that his political god-father and UDP’s candidate, Ousainu Darboe, will never be president.

Addressing a rally in Basse where a big crowd gathered to cheer him as he continues his campaign tour across the country, Barrow chided: “Until recently, I thought my father was 70 years old but when I went to the Central River Region recently, I was told he is over 80 years old and this is why I now know that he will never be president in this country. This is why also, since after the nomination, none of the aspirants joined the UDP except Bakary Bunja Dabo. Both of them are old in Gambian politics and there is nothing they can have again because they are both hot water which cannot cool each other. They are coming. I want you to be careful of these two people.”

From castigating his opponents, President Barrow also informed his supporters of his government’s plans to introduce a social health insurance scheme, which he has the potential to address Gambia’s health challenges.

“The scheme is designed to ensure all individuals have access to effective public health and personal health care, ensure choice of cost-effective intervention, and provide the population with the highest quality of health services,” Barrow said. He said the health insurance will be funded through deduction of salaries of government workers and government subsidies.

“It will ensure that every Gambian will have a health insurance that will guarantee you free healthcare service and even if you go to the hospital and there is no medicine, they will give you a document to go to the pharmacy and get free medication,” he said.

He said his government is also constructing 20 health facilities and renovating 26 others across the country and they will provide qualified doctors from Cuba for all these hospitals.

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