By Olimatou Coker
A group of professionals from Marina International School Alumni, based both in The Gambia and abroad on Friday presented a cheque of two hundred thousand dalasi (D200,000) to the Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS) to support their Covid-19 fight efforts.
The presentation was held at the GRCS office in Kanifing.
The objective of the group is to support front line health workers with essential supplies/services to ensure continuity in meeting the needs of the Gambian community; provide complementary support to public hospitals with medication, affordable equipment to meet the gaps identified by health professionals; to support the community with face masks, hand sanitizers, soap, food essentials, as well as to increase public awareness campaigns on Covid-19 within communities.
Speaking at the presentation, Ya Louise Ndure-Bensouda, a committee member, Support Our Own said they established the links with key service providers to find out their immediate needs and which gaps exist and support them.
She observed that in recent weeks, there has been acute rise in COVID-19 infection cases in The Gambia which is causing incredible strain on health services and the personnel.
She thanked their donor community while highlighting their achievements. She also thanked the Gambia Red Cross Society for services they have been offering to society.
Alasan Senghore, secretary general, Gambia Red Cross Society, thanked the group for supporting key Gambian institutions in the fight against Covid-19.
Mr Senghore said Covid-19 cannot be defeated by government alone or one group or the other but by coming together, noting that Covid-19 is a global pandemic different from other pandemics and disasters that have affected every country.
He described their volunteers across the country as committed and dedicated not only to humanity but also in delivering services based on the principles of Red Cross and therefore thanked them for their services which are critical at this time.