Senior health officials applaud Turo Darboe’s benevolence

Monday, October 09, 2017

The out-going and incoming chief executive officers of Serrekunda General Hospital, Saidou Beyai and Kebba Manneh, respectively, have applauded Momodou Turo Darboe for his philanthropic contribution to the hospital.

Mr Darboe, a Gambian businessman and founder of Vision Development Foundation (VDF), has sponsored the theater unit of the general hospital for the operation of 100 patients, at no cost to the patients.

The two health officials commended the benefactor during the first day of the operation held at the hospital in Kanifing.

The operation exercise was done at the hospital’s theater ground, from 3 to 4 October, 2017.

Speaking at the occasion, the outgoing chief executive officer of Serrekunda General Hospital, Dr Saidu Beyai, expressed appreciation to Vision Development Foundation, for what he described as “their consideration to the health sector.”

He said those at the hospital have the conviction that healthcare is a fundamental right for every individual, “yet is difficult to be attained by everyone due to many factors.”

“Therefore, we came up with the idea to organise a surgical camp in order to reduce the number of patients in the waiting list,” Beyai said.

“Since we know that healthcare is expensive and no government can do it alone, we decided to reach out to our indigenous philanthropists for sponsor.”

He said the two-day surgical camp targeted 100 patients to be operated- 50 on each day.   “It will now be an annual event henceforth.”

On behalf of Momodou Turo Darboe, VDF’s public relations officer, Saihou Fofana, expressed appreciation to the partners and the sponsors of today’s exercise, while describing the intervention as “very timely and important activity.”

“We are very happy to partner in this pilot phase project on annual day-to-day surgery health,” he said.

Mr. Fofana assured of their continuous collaboration and partnership with health sector and other stakeholders in this endeavour.

“As we are about to witness the operation of 100 patients today and tomorrow, we will continue to help and sponsor such an activity, which are geared towards national development,” he said.

The incoming CEO of Serrekunda General Hospital, Kebba Manneh, also expressed appreciation to Momodou Turo Darboe for his consideration towards the needy, as he wished patients speedy recovery from their ailments.

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh
Source: Picture: Momodou Turo Darboe