Mar 9, 2009, 6:43 AM
As part of moves to complement the efforts of the government towards creating a quality health care system, King Jesus Ministries in collaboration with Care Givers Hospice on Wednesday handed over solar empowered lighting system worth D30, 000 to the Banjulinding Health Centre.
The official handing over ceremony, held at the health centre, was attended by senior officials from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, nurses from the health centre as well as elders of the village.
Speaking at the ceremony, Rev. E Dennis Ejila, Chaplaincy Manager, said, of recently, their medical outreach was presented a solar empowered lighting system by Dr E Okemiri, an American citizen, during a visit to The Gambia as a guest speaker in their leadership conference.
According to the manager, the solar lighting system will be of immense benefit to health centres during emergency, especially when electric power goes off.
“We are happy to inform you that our medical outreach has, therefore, decided to donate the solar system to your health centre, having considered the volume of patients that the health centre caters for within the community and its surrounding villages, including the handling of child delivery cases, which at times occur in the night,” he stated.
Abel Igbe, Director of Care Givers Hospice, thanked the management of the health centre, noting that the items will help the health centre when properly taken care of.
“Our organisation has been functioning for ten years, and since then we have been contributing our part towards national development,” he said, adding that they have signed an MoU with King Jesus Ministries.
According to him, the objective of the organization is to train nurses, both nationally and internationally.
He called on the health centre management to work hand in glove with King Jesus Ministries and Care Givers Hospice for the benefit of the health centre in the future, adding that their aim is to see that there is a good health delivery system in the country.
He assured the management of the health center that his organisation will continue supporting them.
In receiving the items on behalf of the health centre, Mbinky Touray, the officer in charge commended the two organisations for their “wonderful gesture”, noting that the items will go a long way in helping the health centre.
Nurse Touray stated that the solar panels will help a lot, especially during cases when there is no electricity at the health centre.
“The solar panels are very important for our service delivery; so we are very thankful for this donation,” she said.
Other speakers at the ceremony included Alhagie Saine as well as some village elders, who expressed similar sentiments.