Medical Foundation, a charitable medical foundation comprising Gambians in
different medical fields offered free medical services to communities in Nuimi,
North Bank Region from 5th to 7th January.
The caravan included dentists, eye and ear specialists, nurses, lab technicians and scientists. There were 11 doctors and 29 nurses who offered voluntary medical services when they based at Tambana village.
The humanitarian assistance is an annual practice of the foundation and this year services saw thousands of people receive free treatment. Patients were diagnosed and given drugs whereas those who needed further referral were taken care of by Chosan.
Rohey Njie, public relations officer of the foundation and a public health promotion professional who represented the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare at the exercise said Chosan is founded based on the principle of giving accessible health services to all. She said their mandate is to empower people with knowledge and skills to take control of their own health. “It is important for people to be aware of their health status before treatment.”
Madam Njie appealed to the beneficiaries to disseminate information about health especially those that affect everyone and encouraged them to discuss health issues, saying it is one of the important things in life. “Discussing health issues among persons will create greater awareness in the society,” she said.
Jim Jobe, the secretary general of Chosan said the foundation acquired some donation from Gamcel and few other institutions but majority of the fund was raised by members themselves. He said over D70, 000 was spent on drugs and about D200, 000 on equipment.
Mr. Jobe said the foundation embarked on the free medical caravan to give back to the community. He called on philanthropists and donors to support Chosan and also called on the public to join Chosan to give back to the society, saying that they have an open membership regardless of being a medical practitioner.