UK Jarra Association inaugurates modern Maternity Ward at Soma Hospital

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The association of natives of Jarra based in the United Kingdom and other parts of the globe, on 22 February 2019, officially opened state-of-the-art Maternity Ward at Soma Regional Referral Hospital. In attendance were senior government officials drawn from the ministries of Health & Social Welfare, Petroleum and Energy, governor LRR, chiefs of the region and cross section of communities of Jarra and beyond.

The expanded and refurbished Maternity Ward  initiated and implemented by UK Jarra Association in partnership with FAR Oil Company Ltd., is said to have cost over GMD2,000,000 (two million dalasis) both for construction works and modern equipment needed for any such maternity ward across the world.

Officials pegged the number of latest medical tools received from UK Jarra Association for the Regional Hospital at over 37, with various types and functions such as stretchers, beds, fetal maternal monitors, magnifying lamps, infant radiant warmer, shadow less operation lamp, drug freezers, baby weighing scales, electronic thermometers, tape measures, kidney dishes, delivery trays, metallic bowls, BP Machines, plastic bowls, manual vacuum extractors among others as well as expansion of maternity ward’s capacity from three to six delivery beds.

Governor Fatou Jammeh Touray described the project as pure love, concern and deep of sense of patriotic gesture made by natives of Jarra based in The UK and beyond, which would have lasting impact on access to healthcare and health delivery system.

The LRR governor, who clearly seemed to be short of praise words for the humanitarian gesture said, if such as a move is replicated in other regions and communities across the country, The Gambia’s health delivery system would be second to none, as even developed countries use such state-of -the-art tools in their hospitals, including maternity wards.

Roye Bitaye-Darboe, PS, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy deputised for the minister and urged beneficiaries, including the hospital management to make best use of the project, citing its importance as far as efforts to have effective and efficient health delivery.

She appreciated FAR Oil Company for partnering with UK Jarra Association in bringing quality healthcare to people of the region and beyond and that health constitutes one of the key priorities of the National Development Plan of the government, hence the need for such collaborative ventures in other parts of the country, as the government cannot do it all alone.

Sutayring Drammeh, the regional Health director for LRR, outlined the ministry’s on-going efforts to have more accessible and affordable health services for people of the country and beyond, regardless of status in life. He cited what he called ‘strategic location’ of Soma Regional Hospital and the importance of the newly inaugurated Maternity Ward. He disclosed the statistics of mortality rate in delivery related matters reported at the  Hospital for last year (2018).

Ansumana Kinteh, country representative for UK Jarra Association gave brief history of the association, its intervention areas, programmess initiated and implemented since its formation to date, including the inaugurated maternity ward. He also paid special thanks to FAR Oil Company for the partnership and assured the audience of the association’s commitment to deliver more sustainable development projects in Jarra, through various interventions.

Author: Sanna Jawara