Psychiatric hospital receives donation

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

The psychiatric hospital on Friday received a donation of cloths, cups, soaps and plates from an association based in Finland, called South East Gambian Sumi Association.

Yaya Njie, chairman of the South East Finland Association, said that the association was established in 2011 with the objective of helping Gambians in Finland and those living in The Gambia in particular.

“In the month of August we came up with the idea to help our dear brothers in The Gambia and not only to celebrate our independence day in Finland,” he said.

According to him, the association had sent some money through Yerro Jallow, the vice chairman of the association to buy things that the recipients may need since the government could not meet all the demands of the needy.

He urged all well meaning Gambians, government and private sectors to lend a hand to help the needy.

Yerro Jallow, vice chairman of the association, said the South East Gambian Sumi Association is a charitable association founded by Gambians living in Finland with the aim of helping the needy.

He said they deemed it necessary to donate to the hospital some of the things they lacked as they are part of the society.

Foday Jawla, a nurse at the Psychiatric hospital said the people they are treating are vulnerable and they need constant help, adding that government was doing their part so lending a hand was highly appreciated.

“The number of patients that they have and what is available to cater for them is insufficient since the number is increasing rapidly so we need help to make ends meet,” he stressed.

Mr Jawla said that recreational facilities would really help in the treatment though they are having games like ludo and drawing but basketball and volleyball pitches could also help the patients to forget their daily traumas.

Author: Fatou B. Cham