Rotary Club of Fajara, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Royden Revolve of
United Kingdom last Friday handed over various drugs and equipment to the
Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) in Banjul.
The donated drugs and equipment included Diabetes medicines, Glucose test strips, ward curtains, Neonatal, defibulator, among other relevant drugs and equipment.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony held in Banjul, EFSTH’s Chief Medical Director, Dr. Samateh, expressed delight at the donation made by the Rotary Club of Fajara and their partners, Rotary Club of Royden Revolve of UK.
He cited that the two Rotarian clubs are very passionate in terms of helping the EFSTH, saying that these items are needed by the hospital.
He lamented that The Gambia is small country; thus most of these drugs are not available at the pharmacies in the country.
“We do run out of these drugs occasionally and when such things happen, we are in a big dilemma,” he said, adding that the Rotary Club of Fajara and its international partner in the UK have come at the right time.
Dr. Samateh thanked the Rotary of Club of Fajara, through the Assistant District Governor for their concern for the hospital, as he described them as real partners in development.
For his part, Dr. Adama Sallah, a founding member of Rotary Club of Fajara and the past president, who is also the chairman board of directors of EFSTH, also described the donation as a welcome gesture as it would reduce shortage of drugs.
He commended the Rotary Club of Fajara and their partners in the UK for the magnificent gesture, by bringing such important drugs for the patients at the hospital.
He hailed the Rotary Club of Fajara and the Rotary Club of Royden Revolve in the UK for the constant support they have rendered to the hospital, all geared towards boosting the health sector of the country.
He revealed that the two Rotarian clubs have brought a lot of equipment and medicines to the hospital in the past years; hence they are very grateful and appreciative of the gifts.
In his vote of thanks, Mr Ndong, Director of Administration at EFSTH, expressed similar sentiment and commended the Rotary Club of Fajara and Rotary Club of Royden in UK for their timely intervention in providing those drugs.
He said the importance attached to the donation could not be over- emphasised as it was in need by the hospital.
He cited the cordial relationship between the two clubs and then urged other sisters clubs to emulate the Rotary Club of Fajara in helping the hospital.
Also speaking, Minyan Jobe, Assistant District Governor, said he was very elated to help their partners to support the people of The Gambia with medicines and equipment.
He said EFSTH has been a partner of Rotary Club of Fajara and the drugs were ordered upon a request made by the hospital.
He disclosed that the Rotary Club of Fajara has been working with the management of the hospital over the years for the patients to get the right medicines.