major hospitals in The Gambia have benefitted from the donation of medical
items from The Gambia Diaspora Health Initiative (GDHI).
The organization, formed in July 2017 donated medical items to Serrekunda General Hospital, Military clinic at Fajara, Brikama district hospital and Gunjur health centre.
GDHI was initiated by a Gambian named Effie Nyassi Tallon, who is the organization’s president and a nurse in the US with more than 100 members both in the diaspora and in The Gambia targeting to improve and give positive image of Gambia’s health care system.
Nyassi said they are a youth-led organization trying to contribute their part to national development, adding that it is their responsibility to work towards the development of the Gambia as patriotic citizens.
“The 40 foot medical container of equipment that we currently distributed to various hospitals, including those in the rural areas consists of wheelchairs, crutches, mattresses, push walkers and surgical masks,” she revealed.
Lala Touray, a GDHI Ambassador emphasized that as Gambian citizens and irrespective of tribe and religion, everyone has contributions to make for the country’s socio-economic development. “This is just one of the many we have in store for the country to help improve the healthcare system. We hope that the materials will be used as expected.”
Dr. Pa Saikou Bojang, head of Brikama district hospital medical team expressed appreciation for the donation and assured the donors that the items will be handled with maximum care.
“Brikama district hospital is responsible for the whole Kombo North with a population of 6000 people and the largest maternity unit in the country with almost 6000 deliveries recently,” he revealed.
He said the government alone cannot take care of all the medical needs in the country, saying a helping hand from individuals and organizations will be most appreciated and welcomed.Dr. Bojang said anyone could become a patient and lending a helping hand to improve health sector should be everyone’s responsibility.