chairman of UK Jarra Association-Gambia Chapter (UKJA) has disclosed that they
have sealed a partnership with FAR Oil Company to upgrade and expand the
maternity ward of Jara Soma Hospital in the Lower River Region (LRR).
Ansumana Kinteh told this reporter that the cost of the project is more than two million dalasi, saying the association has taken the responsibility in improving quality health services delivery in the entire region.
He said prior to FAR intervention, the UKJA has adopted all the maternity wards in the entire health facilities in Jarra.
He recalled that last year when they visited the said hospital, the condition of the maternity ward was in bad shape. “There were many problems with regards to bed and fans among others. Because of the environment, we installed eight fans to comfort the patients.”
He said the UK Educate Jarra Project also supported them to build a modern science lab at Soma Senior Secondary School.
“We have realised that the hospital maternity ward space is very small with only three beds,” he said, adding that statistics they obtained from the regional health authorities had confirmed that the hospital received more than 100 deliveries a month. “We think the space is small, so we decided to raise fund to expand the space to 10 beds with modern hospital equipment.”
He said FAR will do the construction aspect of it while the UKJA will continue to buy all the necessary equipment that will be needed.
Chairman Kinteh disclosed that they have scholarship package for all deserving students in Jarra from secondary school up universities level. “We want a generation of Jarrankas with doctorate degrees in science, engineer and other fields of study.”