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1st lady’s foundation gives out to 1st 2020 babies

Jan 2, 2020, 3:24 PM

Fatoumata Bah-Barrow Foundation (FABB) with the support from Gamtel/Gamcel and Karpowership,  yesterday awarded a total cash amount of D75, 000 dalasis and baby clothings to the first two born babies of 2020 in three hospitals: Banjul, Serrekunda and Bundung.

The first-born babies were awarded with a sum of D15, 000 with the support from Gamtel/Gamcel, while the second babies were sponsored by Karpowership with the amount of D10, 000.

Ahmad Lamin Samateh, the minister of Health said the event has been taking place every beginning of a new year to welcome the first and second babies of the year.

“The first lady’s endeavour should be emulated in helping each other because no one can do it without us. The engine of development should come from us,” he said.

He applauded the nurses, while saying that working in a health sector is very difficult and is a risk.

However Dr. Samateh believes that 2020 would be a game changer, adding that they have started mobilising more resources with their partners to help the health sector.

Kebba Sanneh, the public relations office of Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH), said this has become a tradition that every end of year, the first lady donates to the first, second and third new born babies.

“This year the first born in EFSTH was born at 12.49 a.m. and the baby mother’s name is Oumie Jallow, the baby is a female. The second male baby was born at 01:45 by Haddy Mendy. We are happy that our own staff in the hospital happens to be a winner of this wonderful gift.” he disclosed.

Dr. Charles Robert, deputy medical director at EFSTH, said it is always a joyous occasion when a new baby is born in EFSTH, but most particular in a day like this.

Kebba Manneh, the ECO of Kanifing Hospital, thanked the donors for the ‘great gestures.’

“Our first baby in Kanifing was born at 12:03 a.m. and is a girl, while the second baby boy born at 12:35 a.m.”

The first baby’s mother is Binta Jassey from Sukuta and the second’s mother is Binta Bojang from Willingara.”

Dwelling on the difficulties they are facing, CEO Manneh outlined space as their first challenge, saying they are working very hard to expand the hospital but need support.

“We are hoping to have new equipment to be able to carry easy delivery in our hospital. With the good gesture, I hope the beneficiaries will make the best use of the materials given to them.”

Fatou Ceesay, representative of FABB, stated that they have been coming to the hospital for the past years for similar occasions in supporting the first, second and third babies of the year,” she recalled.

According to her, the foundation was launched in 2017, adding that the first lady came with the initiative to support the health sector, and as part of the good gestures, the initiative of supporting the first babies of the year is part of it.

In Bundung Child and Maternal Hospital, similar engagement was held; where the fist born baby was welcomed at 01:46 a.m., with her mother Ananias E. Mendy from Besse village in Foni. The second baby boy and her mother is Saho Ceesay were welcomed at 01:55 a.m.