Gambia commits to fighting clubfoot problem

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The founder of The Gambia Clubfoot Foundation, a local charity has disclosed that his foundation is committed to fighting clubfoot problems in the country.

Dr. Ebou Camara was speaking at the start of a six-day training of medical doctors on basic ponseti clubfoot treatment. Miracle feet, based in the U.S.A. is funding the training.

The foundation came up with this initiative of helping people with clubfoot problems during their visit to hospitals in the country.

The training, he said, was designed to equip doctors with the knowledge and skills to fight against clubfoot in the country.

“We now registered more than 300 patients and we know there are more. That’s why we’re organising this training for health workers in Serrekunda Hospital and Banjul to start the treatment in the country. We have equipment to be used to treat babies’ born with the problem,” he said.

He thus called on the government to join them in eradicating clubfoot in The Gambia, saying they cannot do it alone, thus the need for collaboration from government in either way.

Dr. Camara disclosed that in the past the foundation had supported some children for overseas treatment in America and they are also planning to take other patients.

Dr. Emmanuel Samwel Kowero, a consultant from Tanzania, who will be tutoring the practical aspect to the trainers, explained that he saw the spirit of helping people with clubfoot in the face of the organisers.

“As our population grows, we will have more patients and need strategy to cure it. For sustainability, we cannot only depend on donors; instead the government should help build the partnership with the foundation,” he added.

Also speaking, Dr. Alagie Manneh at the Kanifing General Hospital indicated that without the support of Kanifing Hospital, it would have been difficult for them to carry out such a great initiative. He stated that their mission is to treat children born with clubfoot.

Karamo Manneh, the Chief Executive Officer of Kanifing Hospital stated that clubfoot is a problem in the country, saying globally 174, 000 are born with clubfoot which needs to be tackled.

While thanking the Health Ministry, Minteh also challenged the trainers to be steadfast and teach others.

Dr. Samba Ceesay, the acting director health services, welcomed the initiative, maintaining that his ministry is committed to upgrading the general services of the country’s health sector.

Author: Pa Modou Cham