Holding Hands boost Kanifing General Hospital, others

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Holding Hands Gambia; a registered charitable organization last Friday donated 28 complete sets of hospital beds and three wheelchairs to Kanifing General Hospital.

Founded by a Gambian-Sweden based nurse Assie Camara, the charity also donated three delivery lamps, cartons of pats and walking aids of various types to Bakau health center. It also donated walking frames, toilet seats and rollators to disability unit of the Department of Social Welfare.  

Chief executive officer of Kanifing General Hospital Kebba Manneh said the donation will go a long way in supporting the provision of quality service health care they intend to deliver at all time.

He said a patient’s comfort in any hospital is paramount, noting that the beds are very valuable and comfortable and can adjust from all angles which will help clinicians any time they want to adjust patients.

He described the donation as timely and worthy, saying it will add weight to their efforts in trying to deliver quality services to patients.

Mr. Manneh, however, highlighted some of the challenges the hospital is encountering including inadequate and proper storage, grossly underfunded in terms of operations, limited bed capacity of 110 compared to over half a million patients they expect to serve, inadequate of qualified human resources and inadequate doctors particularly specialists to reduce the burden on the major referral hospital (Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital).  “Lack of training and upgrading of human resource on the ground is also posing a challenge to us.”

According to him, government is providing essential medication but there are special or emergency medications that are not always available and appealed to government to facilitate the availability of these vital medication. “We cannot accommodate too many patients and the hospital is located at a highly populated area, serving over half a million people,” he said, and added, “it is difficult to cope with the inflow of patients coming to the hospital.”

Mr. Manneh said there are Gambian doctors and nurses who can be trained to become specialists but was quick to add that funding is always a challenge, emphasising the need to encourage public-private partnership.

He thanked Holding Hands Gambia, particularly Assie who, he said is passionate in contributing her quota to the development of the country’s health service delivery.

Founder of the charity Assie Camara explained that annually, Swedish hospitals replace beds and other hospital materials and during that time, she usually drive from one city to another asking them to give her the materials for her country.

He revealed that she started the engagement to help Gambian hospitals in 2013, adding that she always feel honored to ship the materials to support Gambians. “As a Gambian, I try to contribute my quota to the health sector.”

Momodou Savage, officer responsible for wheelchairs at Social Welfare Department’s disability unit said the materials will be of great help to service delivery, especially for people with stroke and amputation.    

Author: Cherno Omar Bobb