Presidential inauguration of Baney Research Centre

On 20th February the Equatoguinean presidential couple oversaw the inauguration of the Don pastor Torao Sicara hospital complex in the District of Baney, and the opening of the health research centre, located in the same city in the Province of Bioko Norte. We are including the full speech given by the Head of State to mark the inaugurations.

The clinical research district hospital, with a research laboratory, also contains the headquarters that will accommodate the facilities of the Equatorial Guinea Public health Research Institute.

The representative of the company Marathon oil said that the new hospital complex will provide the Government with the capacity to identify and define new and emerging diseases, together with regional ones that could be harmful, such as malaria and ebola.

In addition, the hospital features a laboratory that will serve as a training centre for the advanced scientific equipment used to study tropical diseases and infections.

For the Vice-Minister for health, the opening of the Don pastor Torao Sicara Hospital, which coincided with the 15th anniversary of the existence of the Malaria Control Project on the island, symbolises a renewal of the commitment by the Government to eliminate malaria from territories of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

In his speech, the Minister for Mines and Hydrocarbons, Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima, underlined the fact that the project, in addition to being the epicentre for research and a health centre for the inhabitants of Baney and surrounding villages, was also a demonstration of the interest that the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea has to eliminate malaria in our country.

In recent years, the Minister for Mines and Hydrocarbons, the company Marathon and partners on the Alba Project have been financing the research necessary for the development of a vaccine against malaria, which will save human lives, both in Equatorial Guinea and abroad, and whose results -said Gabriel Mbega Obiang- will be released in the near future.

In addition to declaring that the department in his charge was implementing and will continue to implement the political vision of the head of State for an Equatorial Guinea that is progressively better, the minister encouraged all parties involved in the project against malaria to continue to opt for quality and good work, because it is the start of something big that will mark a milestone in the history of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

In his words, and in the presence of the President of the Senate, Teresa Efua Asangono, the presidents of the Supreme Court of Justice and the Constitutional Court, the Ombudsman, the Prime Minister and other members of the Government and diplomatic corps, among other national, local and academic authorities, the head of State declared the interest of the Government in the area of health, On a global level, there is an increasing conviction of the meed to invest in health research, in accordance with the needs of the country, in a search for guarantees for the protection of the health of the population”.

Along these lines -continued the president- the Government took the initiative to create and launch the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in Life Sciences; a field in which malaria is one of the priorities.

H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo also pointed out that malaria affects the vulnerable population, such as women and children, who die in alarming numbers every year, and for that reason, “the Government has been fighting malaria, and hundreds of Equatoguinean citizens have worked in their communities using tools of the latest technology, which has reduced considerably the prevalence of mosquitoes on the island of Bioko, and has greatly reduced the number of deaths and suffering among the population”.

With the opening of the research centre, the doors open on dealing scientifically with not only malaria, but with other diseases that affect our country.

For the leader of the nation, health is one of the essential pillars in the strategy of integrated development, above all in order to reach the Sustainable Development Goals.c

After touring the facilities at the new hospital centre, the Equatoguinean Head of State stamped the symbolic signature of the constitution of the Scientific Institute of the republic of Equatorial Guinea.

In the presence of the first Lady, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, and other national figures, the academics present showed the operation of the complex through an audiovisual presentation.

The work has taken three years, and will serve to resolve health problems for around 16,000 inhabitants in the District of Baney.

The Baney Research Centre has been financed by the Government through the Ministry for Mines and Hydrocarbons, in collaboration with the Marathon oil company and partners from the Alba Block.

Furthermore, continuing with the State tour, the President went to the new urban district of Basakato de la Sagrada Familia. During the inauguration, the mayor of the small administrative town presented the Head of State with the keys to the town, as an adopted son of the village now transformed into a small municipality.

At the ceremony, an elder from the area told the story of the village, created in 1920, and at the end of his speech he presented the leader of the nation with a boat which is the symbol of this urban district.

In accordance with the report presented by the Minister for Public Works, Diosdado Nsue Medja, the Government has constructed in Basakato de la Sagrada Familia various buildings; church, town hall, social housing, market, police station, schools, in addition to the refurbishment of the health centre, a drinking water distribution system, and the development of the new administrative town for a cost of 7 thousand million Franco CFA financed by the Executive.

In his advice to the inhabitants, the President of Equatorial Guinea described the construction in the urban districts as a strategic project to unlock areas lacking administrative services and also prevent the exodus of young people to the large cities in the country.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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