Dutch nurses, Shanna Sowe and Babs Gabriel have introduced home-based care
service in Latiriya village in Kombo South, in their quest to complement
government effort in providing quality health services delivery in the country.
The duo also conducted free home-based care health service to more than five patients suffering from high blood pressure, wounds, and brain bleeding among other illnesses. The idea of introducing home-based care came last year when they visited the community and agreed to introduce it if they return this year.
Shanna, who works for Pleyade in Holland said their objective is to improve the health condition of the people within the community. “When we came last year, we realised that there was nothing in the community, particularly in the area of health care to support the old people who couldn’t have access to go to the hospital due to their age. We found it paramount to introduce the idea and to conduct a day free home-based care service within the community,” she said.
She said her people in Holland welcomed the idea and agreed to support her when she informed them about the plan. “The initiative of introducing home-based care was also discussed by Herbert Damen, Chairman of Foundation Hands Together The Gambia who, are the main sponsors of the Latiriya Health Post and all of them welcomed the idea.”
Mrs. Sowe told our reporter that after the exercise, they held a powerpoint presentation on home-based care to familiarise the nurses and doctors at the health post about home-base care so that it could be sustainable even went they returned to Holland.
Babs Gabriel dwelled on the importance of health, while expressing optimism that such humanitarian gesture will continue. “Doctors and nurses at the health post have been trained on issues of home-based care and they will be monitoring the patients two or three times a week.”
According to her, their first target is Latiriya community and subsequently it will expanded to other communities across the country. “We will be monitoring the condition of patients when we are in Holland. It is sad to note that some of the patients have been living inside for more than one year without coming outside and they were just sitting on the floor,” she said.
Ebrima Bayo, one of the patients thanked Shanna and Babs for the humanitarian service, saying government cannot do everything. He called for collective collaboration in addressing the health needs of Gambians.