Jan 26, 2009, 5:25 AM
The items were donated by the Theo Matilda Keller couple from Switzerland and Rotarians through the Rotary Club of Fajara for onward transmission to the EFSTH.
The donated items included autoclave for sterilization of instruments, 3 monitors for surveillance of patients, 2 electric suction pumps, 3 stethoscopes and 1 syringe pump, among others.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, the president of the Rotary Club of Fajara, Ebrima Toure, expressed pleasure that his organisation presented the items on behalf of the donors to EFSTH.
He added that a few months ago, the Rotary Club of Fajara was working closely with the hospital to get a list of items the hospital needed.
According to him, they are happy for the collaboration with the EFSTH, and hope that they would have the opportunity to support the hospital with more medical items.
Mr Toure commended the donors for entrusting his organisation with the responsibility of presenting the items to the EFSTH.
Also speaking at the presentation ceremony was Minyan Jobe, former president of Rotary Club of Fajara, who said the club had been a partner with the EFSTH for years since its inception.
“This is among the many donations the Rotary Club of Fajara has given to the hospital,” he said, adding that the donated items were chosen by the hospital.
He said the Rotary Club of Fajara would continue to work with the EFSTH.
Jobe said there are other containers on the way from the Rotary Club of Royden, adding that the items were chosen by the hospital maintenance department.
The public relations officer of the Rotary Club of Fajara, Rotarian Sainey Manneh, explained briefly how he met with the donor couple in Switzerland last year.
He said the couple are Rotarians and also doctors that could help The Gambia, especially in the health sector. Through his relationship with them he realised they were very passionate about The Gambia and the Rotary Club of Fajara.
Mr Manneh said the donors “are willing to contribute to the improvement of the country’s health sector”.
In receiving the items on behalf of the hospital, the acting Chief Medical Director, Prof. M.I.A. Khalilou, on behalf of the management of the EFSTH, thanked the donors through the Rotary Club of Fajara for the gesture.
He acknowledged their contribution and effort, as well as for the continued support the Rotary Club of Fajara is rendering to the EFSTH.
He also thanked them for supporting the EFSTH and assured the Rotary Club of Fajara that the donated medical items would be put to good use.
UZoma Achigbue chaired the occasion while the vote of thanks was delivered by Madior Diop, treasurer of the Rotary Club of Fajara, who expressed appreciation about the close collaboration between the Rotary Club of Fajara and the EFSTH.