Belgian friends assist Gambia health facilities

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

A Belgian charity organisation called Belgian Friends of Bullock Village (BFoBV) have recently donated medical materials to health facilities in the Kanifing Municipality and West Coast Region.

The beneficiary health facilities include: Bullock Health Post and Serrekunda Health Center while some medicaments were sent to the Regional Health office in West Coast Region for onward distribution to other health facilities within the region.

Speaking to reporters at Serrekunda Health Center, Luc Bauters and Stefan Farens, core founders of the charity hailed the staff of the health center for their tireless efforts in providing quality health services to people.  “We will continue our efforts to provide something to our Gambian friends and we are much thankful to the Government and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare,” they said.

According to them, the donation of medical items is part of the charity’s efforts to improve the country’s health sector.

The duo informed the health personnel that, authorities of a village in Belgium called Evergem had promised to pay the salary of one  staff nurses for one year while another one called Assenede also said they are willing to sponsor a garden project in Bullock village for one year.

Fatou Cham, Officer-In-Charge of Serrekunda Health Center described the donation as timely, saying that the items will go a long way in easing some of the drug problems within the health center.

Madam Cham promised the donors that the items will be used for its intended purposes, while underscored the roles their Belgian friends are playing in the country’s health sector for the past years.

Tumani Bojang, the Charity’s Gambian counterpart, who is a native of Bullock expressed gratitude to his Belgian friends for what he called “their timely intervention.”

According to him, the support will go a long way in complementing government effort in promoting the welfare of Gambians and non-Gambians in the country.

Author: Fatou B. Cham