By Olimatou Coker
Martina’s Charity Foundation has recently donated medical items to the health sector and other materials to the needy families worth more than one million dalasi at a presentation in Tallinding.
The foundation aims to help the health sector, support agriculture and needy families in the country.
Speaking, Mariama Baldeh, nurse and one of the founders, said the foundation was registered last year in July and normally brings materials in the Gambia to help the needy even before the registration.
“As a Gambian, I believe everyone should do their quarter to contribute towards the development of the nation and our Foundation is here to do that and to support the needy in the society,”she said.
She said there is a need for everyone to come together and support the health sector especially in the rural areas.
She said “in the rural areas so many people are suffering and a lot need to be done because if you go to the health departments they lack almost all the facilities in their health sector.”
She also noted that they are collaborating with the Ministry of Health so that they can help them to facilitate where the materials will be put in. She mentioned Brikama Health Centre, Kiang Karantaba Health Centre and Jamilly Health post in CRR, as their main targets.
“In Gambia everyone needs help especially when it comes to health, so we don’t want to concentrate on one area because it is for all Gambians and the Foundation is not only based on health but other areas like digging boreholes, agriculture etc,” she explained.
She further stated that the donation has nothing to do with Covid-19 because even before Covid-19 started, they had two containers distributed and they did so many distributions including the rural areas.
She revealed that the Foundation is also looking forward to building a health centre for Gambians where no citizen will be referred for overseas treatment.
She concluded by expressing gratitude to the MoH for their support towards the Foundation and her teammates.