By Aisha Tamba
ChildFund The Gambia last week donated a 40-foot shipping container of AMP medical products and other pharmaceuticals to the Government of The Gambia through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
“This intervention by ChildFund The Gambia is not the first of its kind, having previously supplied health facilities with medicaments and children’s clothing,” Musu Kuta Komma, ChildFund country director, said at the handing over event at the Central Medical Stores in Kotu.
She said these “highly essential packages are part of ChildFund’s countrywide Gift-In-Kind (GIK) programme, designed to complement efforts of the government in the crucial sector of health”.
According to her, the event was a testament of the Fund’s commitment to helping deprived, excluded and vulnerable children have the capacity to improve their lives and the opportunity to become young adults, parents and leaders who bring lasting and positive change to their communities.
“We are of the strongest conviction that these items will help make a huge difference in our collective efforts to ensure quality, affordable and accessible healthcare delivery in this country,” the country director stated.
She said since the establishment of the Fund in 1984, the health sector remains a critical area of its focus.
“In the West Coast Region which has traditionally been our operational jurisdiction in terms of sponsorship, ChildFund The Gambia had taken it upon itself to not only build clinics but equipped such facilities with essential drugs,” she said.
Janko Jinbara, the PS of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, thanked ChildFund for the gesture.