Latiriya Health Post significantly beats Malaria prevalence rate

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Officer In-Charge of Latiriya Health Post in Kombo South Tuesday confirmed that the number of malaria cases at the health post have drastically reduce, saying this was due to the swift intervention of Foundation Hands Together for Gambia.

Babucarr Sanyang said most of the patients who visit the health post especially during raining season are malaria related.

“But things have now extensively changed because the Foundation is supplying us with all the necessary equipment that we need particularly anti-malaria drugs,”

During a visit to the health facility and some project intervention sites by the founder and chairman of Foundation Hands Together for The Gambia and a delegation from Netherland, Mr. Sanyang said the Foundation’s intervention in building a health post in the community has greatly changed the lives and livelihood of the people in all aspects.

 “All our neighboring communities including Youna, Jambur and Mariama Kunda all visit this facility.”

Chairman and founder of Foundation Hands Together for The Gambia, Herbert Damen said their main aims of building the health post in Latiriya was to complement the community’s efforts in their quest to ensure quality health service delivery.

The health post, he recalled, started with one room in 2003 and is now one of the best health posts with a labour ward, male ward, pharmacy and laboratory among others.

Mr. Damen, who has been supporting Gambian communities since 1999 said they have also built a nursery and primary school which is accommodating more than one thousand students and also has a vegetable garden measuring 50 by 100.

“We will continue to support Gambian communities to improve their living conditions. Before our intervention in the area, it was difficult for women to access the nearest health facility which is some seven kilometers away from the community.”

The Foundation secretary General, Mr. Herk urged the community to ensure sustainability of the projects, saying their fundamental objectives include contributing to the development of the communities.

The project manager, Alassan Jah commended the Netherland philanthropists for their continued support, saying “women in the area used to use donkey and horse carts to refer patients to Sukuta which is some seven kilometers away. 

“Infant mortality rate due to malaria was very high. However, with the intervention of the Foundation that has become history.”

Author: Momodou Jawo