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Saturday, September 19, 2020

US charity donates 150, 000 worth of Ebola Equipments to SJGH

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The chief executive officer of SJGH, Kebba  Badjie, who also doubles as an honorary member of the executive council of  Power Up Gambia dilated on the significance of the donation, saying it will boost the hospital’s state of preparedness in case of any reported  case of Ebola outbreak in the area.

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“Due to the deadly nature of Ebola many health workers have lost their lives which makes this donation important. I commended the donors for the provision of this important device. I thank the president for building such a state of the art hospital right at the doorstep of the people of Foni. The staff also deserve thanks for their hard work and dedication to duty,” he said.  

The director of Power Up Gambia, Lynn McConville, said the charity is established with the objective to use solar energy in the transformation of the health care system in The Gambia.

 ”The funds were raised by students of the University of Pennsylvania who volunteered at the hospital sometime last year, through online crowd funding campaign in order to keep The Gambia an Ebola-free country,” she said. 

The principal nursing officer, Kaddy Jammeh, noted that the items would go a long way towards complementing the efforts of not only the facility but also the government of The Gambia in the preparedness and emergency response initiatives against Ebola disease and other disease outbreaks.

“Power up Gambia is a true development partner that has contributed extremely in the development of the hospital,” she said.

Meanwhile, the donated materials include personal protective gears, some medical items and other vital equipment meant to strengthen the level of preparedness for any suspected Ebola case in the country.

The charity has successfully established a 12.5kw solar energy state-of-the-art powering system, which is capable of providing 60 percent of the energy needs of the hospital. 

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