Research Council The Gambia (MRCG) has recently donated medical items to
Serrekunda General Hospital (SGH) at a ceremony held at the hospital conference
room at Kanifing.
Babucarr Saine, the hospital’s administrator said they have been collaborating with MRC since the establishment of the health facility.
He said MRC has helped to improve health services in the country and in the sub-region through research. “MRC is focusing on some of the sub-Saharan Africa health problems like malaria, tuberculosis and mal-nutrients.”
According to Mr. Saine, in the world health organisation’s statistics, diseases like pneumonia that annually kills hundreds of thousands of young Africans under the age of five. He said that maternal mortality and malnutrition are also problems facing the region’s health sector. “But over the years research institutions like MRC and with the support of other partners like WHO, we were able to improve on our health indicators,” he said.
He described their collaboration with MRC as an important one, saying they were in much need of the donated equipment.
Dr. Effua Usuf, principal investigator at the Medical Research Council said the research institution has conducted several researches in the sub-region on malaria and other infections.
She said they are currently implementing a project called the perform project which is a study looking at ways to improve the curing of several illnesses especially in children from one month to less than 18 years. “So getting new equipment like this will go a long way to help the anti-biotic.
Kebba Manneh, chief executive officer of the hospital said the donated equipment was highly valuable that would add value to the quality of the hospital’s health care. “As health workers, we know what it takes to get these items because they are quite expensive.”
He said they are struggling to make all the hospital’s wards have screening machines to provide quality health care to the patients. “We have been struggling to get most of this equipment.”
Mr. Manneh expressed hope that the equipment will reduce the pressure on them, adding that their partnership with MRC has been very fruitful since inception.
Comelia Bah-Mendy, a staff of the hospital thanked MRC for giving the support, assuring that it was well appreciated.