The Gambia Association for the Physically
Disabled (GAPD), through their German partners Small Steps has donated
technical aids, including diabetic shoes, wheel chairs, ankle splint and breast
implants to the physiotherapy unit Edward Francis Small Teaching hospital and
the Department of Social Welfare.
Yaya Bah, GAPD president emphasised the need for proper use of the equipment. He also observed that society should see the disabled as citizens and taxpayers, saying they should be treated as such and not to be neglected.
Director of the Department of Social Welfare Jakomba Jabbi said the technical aids came at a better time as they are in dire need of the equipment. He appealed to other organisations to come to the aid of the disabled which he said, can trigger their contribution to national development. “I really appreciate the donation as it will go a long way in improving the health care of our patients,’’ he said.
Members of the GAPD also pleaded that the disability bill that was tabled before the National Assembly to be ratified as that would greatly help to remind society to think of them in any decision being taken.