By Momodou Jawo
Trade Union members in UK have donated medical items to Serrekunda General Hospital in Kanifing municipality.
The 40ft-container contained drugs, mattresses, tables, chairs among other hospital equipment. The items, according to officials, were meant to help provide quality health care delivery in the hospital.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, the International Project Organiser of Unison dwelled on the significance of health to nation building. The items, he explained, have been donated by trade union members.
Unison, he went on, has been working in The Gambia for many years and for the last few years they were working on the area of education. “We have been building school blocks, toilets among others. This year the members decided we concentrate on the health sector in order to complement the efforts of the ministry in providing quality health services for Gambians,” he noted.
The Chief Executive Officer of Serrekunda General Hospital Kebba Manneh said the donors have made a breakthrough in bringing the 40ft container of medical equipment to the hospital.
The donated items, he added, will be great value to the hospital as it will reduce some of the expenditure in purchasing such kind of the items. Commenting on the top challenges the hospital is encountering, Manneh stated that medical oxygen is one of the issues, as the some of the equipment used are old.
“We are seeking for partnership from philanthropists who can come and support the hospital, as health is not only the ministry of health or the government to take care of,” he noted, while assuring that the items donated will be used for their purpose.
Babucarr Senghore, the new Admin Secretary of the hospital also spoke at length on the significance of the donated items to the hospital. He called for concerted efforts toward achieving quality health service in the country.