Research Council (MRC) Gambia through the TEKNON Project Monday donated medical
equipment worth 50,000 British pounds to government of The Gambia through the
Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
The donated equipment which included TEKNON solar prototype, TEKNON mains power prototype, TEKNON mains power storage prototype and elite oxygen concentrator spares are expected to help in the prevention of pneumonia deaths in children.
Globally, pneumonia is the leading cause of child death and can be reduced with oxygen supplementation but lack of reliable supplies in sub-Saharan Africa makes it difficult to access.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, MRC unit director Prof. Umberto D’Alessandro said the three oxygen concentrated machines has already started operating at Jara Soma, Basse and Farafenni hospitals. “These oxygen concentrated machines makes oxygen available for patients 24 hours. It is important to have them because they can save a life of a child with pneumonia,” he said.
He said MRC will continue its collaboration with the ministry of health in dealing with issues relevant to the Gambian people and to the health services.
According to Prof. D’Alessandro, the donation was made possible because of their mutual collaboration with Gambia government. “MRC has a large research group and we are not dealing with health problems that affect only the Gambia but the entire sub-Saharan.”
Dr. Mamadi Cham, director of health services thanked MRC for the donation, saying that most of the critically ill patients need oxygen. “This machine does not only provide oxygen to patients 24 hours but also reduces the high cost on health facilities.”