May 26, 2009, 4:39 AM
Assemblies of God Church, The Gambia has extended a huge helping hand to various hospitals and health centres across the greater Banjul area, to complement the work of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
The church, under the leadership of Rev Jerry Ephraim Kwame Adjorlolo, donated various medical equipment and other materials worth thousands of pounds sterling to the Serrekunda Hospital, the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul, and other health centres in the greater Banjul Area.
In receiving the medical items from the AOG, Alagie Mustapha Saine, a board member of the Serekunda General Hospital, deputizing the Mayor of KMC at the presentation ceremony, rendered profound thanks to Assemblies of God for donating valuable medical materials to the SK General Hospital through the Mayor of KMC.
He described the gifts as magnificent, saying it will go a long way in meeting the health needs of the hospitals and health centres that have benefited from the donation, especially SK General Hospital.
“We appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts and are saying a big thank you to the donors, as these will go a long way in addressing some of the needs of the health sector,” Mr Saine said.
He added: “Whoever helps you in health is your best friend, so Assemblies of God, we are saying a big thank you for what you have done for us, through the Chairman of the Board, Lord Mayor Colley, and the entire population of KMC together with the government.”
For his part, Mr Baba Njie, Chief Executive Officer of Serekunda General Hospital, described the donation as very timely, as the hospital has critically ill patients to be looked after, as well as a huge population that needs optimal health services.
“So on behalf of the Minister of Health and the board of Serekunda General Hospital, I want to thank Assemblies of God for this kind gesture,” CEO Njie said.
In his remarks at one of the centres where the materials were donated, Rev J.E.K. Adjorlolo, who is the National Head and Senior Pastor of AOG in The Gambia, said the gesture was geared towards complementing the effort of the Gambia Government and the health sector in providing high quality and affordable health service to the people of The Gambia.
“As a church we are also doing this in obedience to the Word of God, which says we must be our brother’s keeper,” he said, adding: “This is in addition to our earlier donation of two incubators to the RVTH (now Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital) in Banjul.”
The donated items, worth thousands of pounds sterling, included dental chairs, suturing machine, dental x-ray, dental camera, dental table, theatre beds, surgical instruments, cabinets, ward beds, record holders, disposable theatre wears, gloves, medical bowls, medical tapes, blood pressure machine, thermometers, statoscopes, dressing kits, lubricating gels, urine collecting tubes, catheters, urine bags, colostomy pads, PoPs, bandages, wheelchairs, prostatic legs, clutches, forceps, bed pans, office tables, nebulizers, mattresses, disposable wipers, blood sample collection tubes, and office chairs.