new mortuary at Brikama District Hospital has been officially handed to the
management through the Brikama Area Council (BAC) on Wednesday.
The fully equipped facility was funded by Ex-pupils Association of Brikama living in the diaspora and other philanthropists.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, the imam of Brikama Central Mosque, Alhagie Sankung Touray said Allah has blessed human beings more than his other creatures.
“All the creatures that live on earth will die one day. When you are living you should think about death,” he said.
According to him, Brikama and the neighboring communities that come to the health facility used to find it difficult to keep corpse especially when they pass away at late hours but said that will now be history.
He advised the hospital management to take good care of the mortuary; saying whatever Allah rewards, those in such service will be greater than their monthly earnings.
Imam Touray said human life on earth is a short one, encouraging the mortuary operators to continue their good work. “We have to do things that please Allah (SWA) in order to earn a chance to enter Janna when we die.”
Governor of West Coast Region, Bakary Sanyang said the provision of the facility will be forever significant and in history, the fact that the whole project was initiated and coordinated by the Ex-pupils Association of Brikama and other concerned citizens like Brikama Society based in the United States.
“This project is not important to only the residents of Brikama but the entire West Coast Region and the country,” he said.
Governor Sanyang said that no one is eager to use the facility but death will certainty come for everyone some day and the facility will be available to enable those in need to preserve their corpse before burial.
Mam Sait Jallow, chief executive officer of Brikama Area Council expressed the council’s readiness to take full responsibility of the needs of the. “Any effort, care or investment geared towards taking care of departed souls is undoubtedly investment in the life after death,” He said.
Officer in charge at the hospital Alieu Sonko thanked the sponsors of the facility, saying the guiding principles of Gambia’s health ministry is to ensure strong partnership to optimize coordination and collaboration that promotes transparency.