By Samsideen Ceesay
UK-based charitable foundation UK Jarra Association, Saturday donated medical equipment and sanitary items to Jarra Soma district health centre.
The donated items were; blood pressure kit, sanitary pads, latex gloves, bed sheets, surgical items, desktop computers and walking sticks worth twenty thousand dalasis.
Speaking shortly before handing-over the donated items, the chairman, UK-Jarra Association Gambia Ansumana Kinteh said the donation is not the first of its kind in the country.
“The UK Jarra association was formed back in August 2015 and its strategic objectives is to complement the efforts of government in the areas of education and health,” he said.
He said in the areas of health the association is planning to establish community pharmacies in various locations in Jarra with a view of making essential drugs both accessible and affordable to the most vulnerable in Jarra.
“We want to provide essential drugs at subsidised prices to the needy people of Jarra,” he emphasised.
The Chief of Jarra West District in the LRR, Alhagie Yaya Jarjusey thanked the donors and call on other natives of Jarra to come forward and provide a helping hand, especially in the areas of staff quarters for nurse, adding: “This is among the challenges facing the hospital staff right now.”
The director of health services in LRR, Momodou Lamin Manneh described the donation as timely and in the right direction towards nation building.
He said:”Health is everybody’s business thus the need for all to come forward and intervene and provide support in one way or the other is crucial.
“The fact of the matter is government cannot do it all alone,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Programme Officer, Women’s Bureau Office in Mansakonko, Mustapha Colley said the donation will go a long way in helping and improving health service delivery in Lower River Region and its surroundings.
The Officer in charge of the Bureng health centre, Sainabou Cham lauded the donors and assured them that the materials donated will be put into good use for the interest of the society.