Salla, the managing director of Trust Bank Gambia Limited has stated that, as
part of the celebration marking the 20th year anniversary of the bank, they
will donate half a million dalasi to public hospitals and health centres across
the country in the next 8 days.
Salla made this disclosure during the launch of the Kangaroo Mother Care Unit, held at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (RVTH) in Banjul.
The launching ceremony of the Unit also witnessed the presentation of D50, 000 cheque to the unit by Trust Bank.
“I have been reliably informed that prematurity and low birth-weight still remains high in The Gambia and we are ranked 142 out of 263 countries for deaths, due to complications of premature birth,” he added
The cheque presented to the Mother Care Unit, he added, was to contribute to the improvement of the survival of premature and small babies, and to give them a chance to have healthy life.
The objective of the Kangaroo Mother Care Unit, he noted, was to improve the survival of vulnerable members of the population, as the new-born also has a fundamental right to life and higher standards of health.
The Trust Bank MD urged stakeholders in the health sector to team up and ensure that these services are available in all hospitals, with a view to improving the safety and survival of every single baby.
“We are told that premature birth is the arrival of a baby before the developing organs are matured enough to allow normal postnatal survival. These precious infants are at greater risk of short and longer term complications, including disabilities and impediments in growth and mental development,” Sallah noted.
The donation of the D50, 000 and the half million dalasi, earmarked for health facilities, he added, is part of their social responsibility in contributing their quota towards national development.
This project is a partnership between Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH), The Gambia government, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, MRC Unit -The Gambia, United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHM).
The launching ceremony, which was attended by senior staff members of Trust Bank and EFSTH, and government officials, was graced by the First Lady of The Gambia, who presented a cheque for D50, OOO donated by Trust Bank to the Kangaroo Mother Care Unit.