A Gambian Hospital worker said she was harassed and allegedly threatened by Pa Modou Bojang, a Gambian “journalist”, who allegedly told her that he will make sure that she is fired from her job because he (Pa Modou Bojang) claimed that he works for Ousainou Darboe, the leader of the United Democratic Party, and Gambia’s Vice President. Yamundow Saine, a Record Clerk at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital made the revelation on Tuesday during an interview with Freedom Radio Gambia.
Pa Modou Bojang had an altercation with Ms. Saine some weeks ago over the issue of patient service delivery at the hospital. Bojang recorded a video of the encounter he had with the Record Clerk and posted it on Facebook.
Ms. Saine said Bojang failed to include the threatening messages he allegedly communicated to her during the altercation. She said she found Bojang loosely grumbling at the hospital. She minded her business.
According to Ms. Saine, Bojang was with one Nyimasata at the time. She found Nyimasata sitting at the office of the Hospital’s Public Relations officer Momodou Lamin Jammeh. Jammeh even enquired through her about Nyimas’s medical report and she told him that Nyima’s application was being processed.
“Nyimasata was at the hospital to apply for a medical Board Report. She lives in Norway, but she overstayed during her trip to the Gambia. She needed doctors to write a report for her,” she said.
“I don’t know Pa Modou Bojang. I have never met him in my life. He started verbally attacking me, when the issue of Nyima’s medical report came up. He insulted me; rained all kind of verbal attacks against my person. He told me that we don’t know our job. He also told me that he works for Ousainou Darboe and the UDP. He said he will ensure that I am fired from my job,” she added.
Yamundow Saine was taken aback by Pa Modou’s temperamental behavior. She was not a stranger to Nyimasata because she was in touch with Nyima prior to her visit to the hospital.
“I maintained my composure, but Pa Modou persistently taunted me. He kept telling me that he works for Ousainou Darboe and the UDP. He said he will get me fired. He recorded the conversation he had with me; though he edited the nasty insults and threats he communicated against me. It reached a point that I told him, that I don’t care if he posts the video he was recording at the time. He twisted my statement and claimed that I told him, that I don’t care about my job. I am a victim of stalking and harassment. I was harassed by Pa Modou Bojang in the presence of Momodou Lamin Jammeh, the hospital PRO and Ramutulie Jabbie, another staffer of the hospital. Both Jammeh and Jabbie can bear me witness about what I am telling you,” she said.
Ms. Saine has been working at the ESFTH since 2012. She has an excellent work record. She told me, that almost everyone at the hospital can attest to the fact that she has been supportive and caring to the patients referred to the hospital for medical attention.
“Patient care is our motto here. I have never been disrespectful to any patient. I always ensured that they are properly looked after. I had to call you to set the record straight because Pa Modou is out to disparage my character. If I walk through the streets; board public transport; people will point at me, to say; that is the hospital worker, who had an altercation with Pa Modou. I felt like I need to share my own side of the story so that people can understand what actually transpired,” she said.
“I am becoming increasingly concerned about the way some people represent me. That video posted by Pa Modou on social media was a blackmail to impinge on my reputation,” she added.
Ms. Saine said she deemed it imperative to clear the air in the interest of transparency. She even had to consult with her bosses before placing the call to Freedom Radio to debunk Pa Modou’s pack of lies.
She said she was approached by a police officer, who was on a visit at the hospital to enquire if she was Yamundow Saine. She responded in the affirmative. She said the officer told her that she doesn’t deserve the way Pa Modou treated her. The officer was dressed in a white shirt uniform.
“I was told by my Aunty that my Uncle Dodou, is a close friend of Ousainou Darboe. If need be, I want to meet Mr. Darboe to explain myself. I have been working in this hospital since 2012 without having problem with anyone,” she said.
Pa Modou Bojang was contacted for comment via his Facebook page. He is yet to respond to our request for comment.