A speech delivered at Tanka Tanka by the Managing Director of Trust Bank Ltd - Mr. Ibrahima Salla
Mr. Momodou Lamin Jaiteh - Permanent Secretary 1 Ministry of Health & Social Welfare (representing the Honorable Minister for Health & Social Welfare)
Mr. Malang Ndong - Director of Admin & HR (Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital) also deputizing for the Chief Medical Director of EFSTH.
Mr. Momodou Lamin Jammeh - Public Relations Officer (Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital)
Master of Ceremony - Mr. Bakary Sonko (also the Program manager for Mental Health).
Mr. Foday Jawla - OIC of TANKA TANKA Psychiatric Hospital
Residents and staffs of Tanka Tanka Psychiatric Hospital
My entourage and colleagues from Trust Bank Ltd
All other protocols respectfully and duly observed.
Good morning to you all
We are gathered here today to witness the presentation of items worth D200, 000.00 to Tanka Tanka Psychiatric Hospital by Trust Bank Ltd. The items include laundry equipments, plumbing materials, plasma TV’s and air conditioners amongst others.
Ladies and gentlemen, please allow me to express my warm gratitude towards the management of Tanka Tanka Psychiatric Hospital for giving Trust Bank the opportunity to contribute yet again to make a difference in the lives of the vulnerable in our society. We acknowledge the work that you are doing for our country folks and we also value the longstanding relationship that exists between our two organizations.
I am excited to meet the staffs of the Hospital for yet another time and I must say that you are a longtime friend of Trust Bank LTD. Thank you Mr. Jawla, the OIC, for making this day a success.
In view of our status as a proudly Gambian Bank, Trust Bank has always seen events like this as having far-reaching consequences and all of them linked to our Corporate Social Responsibility objective of “bringing hope where there is despair”.
Our Corporate Social Responsibility program is grounded on the principles of sharing and caring, and we believe this donation is a great way to give back to our communities. We are also aware and appreciate that our customers from all corners of The Gambia, and even ourselves as employees of Trust Bank together with our family members might at some point, directly or indirectly benefit from the health services offered by Tanka Tanka Psychiatric Hospital.
Mental illness is one of the most critical health problems. It affect more people, require more prolonged treatment, cause more suffering to the families of the afflicted, waste more of our human resources, and constitute more financial drain upon both public and personal finances.
That is why at Trust Bank we believe that the choice of donating to the Tanka Tanka Psychiatric Hospital, responsible for providing care and treatment for our brothers and sisters with mental issues is most appropriate.
Distinguished Ladies and gentleman, please allow me to remind ourselves that the presentation today, is just a continuation of the work that Trust Bank has been doing for this hospital. It does not only include hardware items, but the love and generosity of the Trust Bank family to the residents of Tanka Tanka.
It is a continuation of a journey which started couple of years ago with the strategic objective of complimenting governments’ efforts of transforming the lives of more people with mental health problems in this country.
To achieve this, we need to drive a fundamental culture shift in our society; a culture that have long neglected the mentally ill in our society. This neglect must end, if our nation is to live up to its own standards of compassion and dignity and achieve the maximum use of its manpower.
Mental health service delivery all over the world and The Gambia in particular is still a far cry from being satisfactory compared to physical health. In spite of all the challenges, we have achieved a lot together as Gambians and I am optimistic that soon, we shall achieve our ultimate objective.
As the Managing Director of Trust Bank, I look forward to continuing this relationship which have started years ago and will look forward to visiting the hospital once again.
I would like to take this opportunity to convey to the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare, the Board and Management of Tanka Tanka Psychiatric Hospital our profound sense of joy and appreciation and also reiterate our firm commitment to further strengthening our partnership for the benefit of the people of The Gambia.
On behalf of the Board, Management and entire staff of Trust Bank Ltd, I have the honor to hand-over the items to the administration of Tanka Tanka Psychiatric Hospital for the benefit of its patients.