By Aisha Tamba
Swedish-based Gambian philanthropist Edi Kunta yesterday donated medical equipment to the Brikama district hospital in the West Coast Region.
The donated equipment were includes two laboratory centrifuge machines and hospital beds.
Kunta said the donation is a contribution of his own quota to the development aspirations of the country through enhanced health services delivery in our health facilities.
The donor described the west coast settlement as a very special place in his heart and pledged to further enhance the collaboration with the hospital in complementing their efforts to deliver effective health care to the citizenry.
Dr Ismaila Ceesay, a political science lecturer at the University of The Gambia, lamented the conditions of the hospital describing it as ‘very depressing’
He said the conditions of the hospitals are unacceptable in the 21st century and calls for stringent efforts to change ‘the dire conditions’ of the hospital.
The officer in charge of the Brikama district hospital Lamin Sanyang commended the donor for the gesture.
He said the donation comes at a critical time when the hospital faces series of challenges with an ever increasing population, which continues to increase the demand, and workload.
He disclosed that the statistics of the labour ward was more than 6000 deliveries in 2018, with only six beds.
Sanyang calls for more collaborative partnerships in complementing government efforts in health care delivery.