BDI, IMR to offer free medical clinics in Gambia

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Big Dreams Inc. and the International Medical and Dental Relief, both from the U.S will be collaborating with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to offer free medical and dental relief to Gambian communities from 16th to 22nd September.

It would be recalled that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare earlier this year signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with International Medical Relief (IMR) and Big Dreams Inc. (BDI) for the upcoming medical and dental mission.

IMR and BDI are due to bring licensed team of medical and dental professionals and health educators to The Gambia in a bid to provide health care and health education. The team is due in The Gambia on Friday, September 14.

Amy Jordheim, chairperson of IMR medical advisory board earlier this year visited The Gambia at the invitation of the health ministry to discuss the IMR and Big Dreams partnership with the ministry.

Communities identified to benefit from the free medical clinics are Sika, Pakau and Medina Sedia villages in North Bank Region’s Upper Niumi District on September 16. The team will also visit Foni Bondali on September 21 and Sanyang in Kombo South September 20.

The organisations said their partnership with the Health Ministry ensures cooperation between their organizations and provides oversight and local knowledge for the areas and populations with the greatest needs.

During the clinics, the organisations would partner with local medical professionals to share knowledge about diagnoses and treatment.

“We will also provide community health education so that people are empowered to provide for their own health as well as for the health of other community members,” the organizers said in a statement.

They said their focus will be on the treatment of acute illnesses, diagnosis and referral of chronic illness, partnership with local organizations to provide mass screenings and vaccination clinics and education in partnership with community leaders and local teachers to provide sustainable improvement of health at the community level.

For more information about the free medical clinics, Mamina and Dominiquera Sonko can be reached on 3167798 and 3920814.

Author: Cherno Omar Bobb