Aid The Gambia have donated more than 25, 000 British Pounds, approximately 1.4
million dalasis worth of medical equipment to the Ministry of Health and Social
The items include five cupboards, sixteen wheelchairs, a mobile air conditioner, twenty-one nursing beds, two X-ray viewers, three heater water bath OP, operation chair, a lab heater machine, centrifuge, ventilator machines BIPAP, three patient examination beds, fourteen IV poles, two patient lifts and an ambulance, amongst other items.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Project Aid manager Ebrima Jobarteh said since the creation of Project Aid in 1991, it has been complementing government efforts in health, education and agriculture sectors. “The project also aims to provide available and affordable health care services across The Gambia, especially in rural areas.”
He said as part of their mandate to improve health services in the country, the project has refurbished Njaba Kunda health center in 2012, to promote health in the Gambia.
Project Chairman Abdoulie Mbaye said the Project entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Health and this donation is the first step in honouring the agreement.
He described the gesture as symbolic in their engagement with the government, saying they have a partnership with Peace Village, a Germany-based organisation that has been very helpful to their activities in The Gambia. “Through our partnership with Peace Village, more than 80 to 100 Gambians are on medical treatment in Germany”.
Deputy permanent secretary at the ministry of health Karamba Keita expressed gratitude to Project Aid for providing what he called a magnificent gesture.
He said they will be bringing another project that will focus on refurbishing 35 health facilities throughout the country, noting that health care service is expensive and government alone cannot do it.
Media adviser of the Project, Malick Jones said the gesture is a good sign of strong relationship between the government and Project Aid.