Gambia imports blood bags from Senegal

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

The public relations officer (PRO) of Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul, Modou Lamin Jammeh, has confirmed that the government of The Gambia through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has bought blood bags from the Republic of Senegal.

The blood bags, he added, were bought from Senegal through the Ministry of Health. “There was scarcity but we have enough blood bags that can serve us for three months before our next consignment come,” he said in an interview with The Point.

PRO Jammeh said the problem has now become a thing of the past. “The blood scarcity was not massively affecting patients.” Asked by the reporter as to how much was spent in purchasing the blood bags, Jammeh said he did not know the amount the government used in buying those blood bags from Senegal.

A source who spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity said the Blood bags are used to support patients in need of blood before or after surgeries. As a result, the government had to place an emergency order to purchase blood bags from Senegal.

Author: Momodou Jawo