Dec 29, 2009, 11:27 AM
of the Mentally Disabled the Gambia last Monday donated one solar cooker and one
solar dryer worth D22,000 to Tanka Tanka Psychiatric Hospital.
The gesture was part of the association’s activities marking World Mental Health Day celebration.
Speaking shortly after the presentation, Lamin Dibba, Chairman of the Association for the Mentally Disabled in The Gambia, said they were opportune to have funds from Gamworks through the Islamic Development Bank.
He said they place special emphasis on this year’s theme, which is: ‘Physiological Firstaid for All’, and through that focused on occupational therapy which is why they donated the solar cooker and dryer to Tanka Tanka.
He said the solar cooker and dryer will be used at the Tanka Tanka occupational therapy unit to help engage the patients mentally so they can have skills to preserve food, use the power of the sun to bake food as well as help them avoid relapses.
“As an organisation we are operating to serve the pledges of persons mentally challenged,” he remarked, saying: “We all have a stake to play as one player cannot do it all.”
He called on civil society organisations, philanthropists and other individuals to come onboard to support the plight of persons with mental disabilities, saying mental illness is beyond nobody as long as one is alive.
“Everybody is prone to one form of mental problem or another in this complex world we are living in,” he went on, saying: “We need to be together to bridge the gap.”
He said they aim to continue with the activities as an advocate group, and are planning to stage a community outreach focusing on the theme in Farafenni.Concluding, he thanked their partners for their support, particularly Gambega.