May 14, 2008, 6:26 AM
philanthropists, Hondaribia Katsikas and Helduak, over the weekend supported
Farato Health Post in Kombo South District with medical items and bags of rice
to be distributed to the needy.
The gesture came through the Women and Children Support Organisation of Busumbala, which aim to support women and children to have quality health service delivery. The Women’s Bureau also supported the health post with executive tables, chairs and a computer.
Bintou Gassama, President of Women and Children Support Organisation, who also doubles as the Executive Director of Women’s Bureau underscored the significance of the gesture, saying it will go a long way in addressing some of the challenges the health post has been encountering.
She said this is the third time the donors are supporting the health post and some communities around the catchment area. “The donated items will go a long way towards improving the health condition of patients visiting the health post on a daily basis.”
The Women’s Bureau boss said Gambia government remains committed to make quality health services available to all citizens regardless of their location. “However, the government can’t do it alone, hence there’s need for support from philanthropists, individuals and NGOs.”
She commended the donors for their continued support to the country’s health sector, while urging the beneficiaries to make best use of the donated items so that they could serve the intended purpose.
Momodou Bojang, Councilor of Sanyang Ward said the donated items will go a long way towards complementing the efforts of the health post, saying no nation can develop in the absence of quality health service delivery.
“Therefore, the donors are immensely contributing towards the development of the country,” he said.
Councilor Bojang used the opportunity to urge Gambians to jealously safeguard the peace and stability that the country continues to enjoy, saying they should not listen to politicians whose intentions is to cause problems in the country.
“With all the difficulties we were facing during the former regime, the country remains peaceful and the trend must continue,” he said, and added, “the number of communities that the health post is serving is always increasing, hence it’s of paramount for the government to continue supporting the health post.”
Kebba Kinteh, officer In-Charge of the health post thanked the donors for their benevolent gesture, saying that the donated items were among the medical items the heath post was lacking.
He said the health post need to have a functioning lab so that the difficulties that pregnant women are encountering will become history.
Basirou Drammeh, Principal Nursing Officer in the West Coast Region also commended the donors for the gesture.