By Awa Macalo
Child Fund the Gambia has handed over a 20-foot container of medical supplies to the Ministry of Health through the national pharmaceutical services on Thursday.
The donated medical supplies from Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) are aimed at complementing the ministry’s efforts in providing medical support and health services to Gambians.
Musu Kuta Komma, the country representative of Child Fund the Gambia, complimented the ministry’s efforts in supporting children’s health. “Child Fund the Gambia has actively and successfully supported the Ministry of Health to deliver affordable and timely care to the population during this time of Covid-19 when our health system is confronted with serious challenges both in terms of human and material resource,” she explained.
Fatou Samateh, principal pharmacist, national pharmaceutical services, said they have an integrated supply chain in which health commodities for the public health supply chain are stored and distributed to all people in the country. “What this means is, we are able to put together our resources thereby optimizing those resources and minimizing wastage all together. We are able to track product as they come into the country, from point where they are stored, down to the health facilities,” she said, reassuring their partners of the security of any medical supply that gets into the country will get to the people that need it most.
Lamin Dampha, permanent secretary, Ministry of Health, applauded Child Fund for their incredible support in partnering with the government in providing quality health care service in the country. He assured them that the medical supplies will be distributed to various health facilities and promote child health.
Modou Njai, director of health promotions, said the ministry has introduced integrated management of childhood illness and integrated community case management. The two strategies he said would be using these drugs. “It has come at a time when it is needed, we know we have gotten into a different season, we are getting to the cold season and automatically, antibiotics are needed,” he said