EFSTH receives medical items worth nearly D900,000

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

The Rotary Club of Fajara in partnership with the Rotary Club of Royden Revolve in the UK, last Friday donated medical items worth about £15,000 (equivalent to nearly D900,000) to the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) in Banjul.

The items donated included BM machines 2, thermometer, maternity unit curtains, medicine creams, pads, hands towels, Urology, Diabetic kits, scales sterilized BP machine curtains, catheter, blankets and baby clothes, among other materials.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at the hospital conference room, Momodou Lamin Jammeh, public relations officer of EFSTH, expressed his appreciation about the donated items.

He said the event was yet another milestone in the history of the hospital in receiving a magnificent gesture from the two Rotarian partners. 

The Rotary Club of Fajara has been a long-term partner of the hospital, and has been giving support towards the welfare of users of the hospital. 

Mr Jammeh acknowledged the efforts of the Rotary Club of Fajara through their vice president, Minyan Jobe, for their concern and constant support rendered to the hospital.

He emphasised that the Rotary Club of Fajara would always support the hospital based on the request and needs of the hospital.

According to PRO Jammeh, the items donated were requested for by the management of the hospital, for the Rotary Club of Fajara to help them.

The request took less than two months when the Rotary Club of Fajara responded positively,  leading to the presentation of the items to the EFSTH, he added.

In receiving the items, the Chief Medical Director of EFSTH, Professor M. I. Khalilu, thanked the Rotary Club of Fajara and its partner for the benevolent gesture, geared towards helping in achieving effective health service delivery in the country. 

He said the donated items were highly needed at the hospital, and would go a long way in addressing some of their major concerns at the hospital.

He also thanked the Rotary Club of Fajara for putting smiles on the faces of their patients, adding that the items were a big relief for them at the hospital.

Also speaking was the president of the Rotary Club of Fajara, Adam Wadda, who spoke about the importance of the drugs and the support that the Rotary Club of Fajara had been rendering to the hospital.

She said the donation of medical items was not a new thing because, at least every three months, the Rotary Club of Fajara in partnership with its international partners would bring a donation of medical items to support the EFSTH.

She stated that it is part of the mandate of the Rotary Club of Fajara to donate medical items to the hospital, while assuring the management of the EFSTH of her club’s continued support towards effective health service delivery in the country.

Also speaking at the ceremony was the vice president of Rotary Club of Fajara, Minyan Jobe, who returned gratitude to the management of the EFSTH for their “positive” approach and commended them for the efforts of the Rotary Club of Fajara.

According to Mr Jobe, the donation came as a result of a combination of efforts by members of the Rotary Club of Fajara.

He noted that the Gambia government could not do it all, hence the Rotary Club of Fajara in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Royden Revolve in the UK, deemed it fitting to intervene and complement the efforts of the government.

He noted that since the inception of the Rotary Club of Fajara, they had been supporting the EFSTH at least a minimum of three times in the year. 

“We will bring items that are needed and requested for by the management of the hospital. The drugs are very expensive”, he added, and appealed for them to be used judiciously by the hospital. 

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh
Source: Picture: The medical items being donated to the EFSTH