May 29, 2012, 1:54 PM
A philanthropist, Fatoumata Coker-Jallow, a native of Old Jeshwang residing in Sweden, Wednesday donated 21 mattresses, 5 boxes of gloves, baby towels, dolls among other valuable materials to the Old Jeshwang Health Centre.
In addition to the materials, her husband, Galleh Jallow, donated D5,000 to the centre.
In receiving the materials, Alhaji Abdoulie Sowe, general administrator of the health centre, thanked the donors for the generous gesture, adding that this was not the first time they received support from them.
They are loyal Gambians, he said, and the donated materials came at a time when desperately needed by the health centre.
He hoped the relationship between them would continue to go from strength to strength, so all could benefit.
Sister Isatou Ceesay, nurse in charge of the health centre, described the gesture as helping improve the status of the health centre, and thanked them for supporting the community.
Janko Janneh, the health centre’s public relations officer, said the centre is serving many communities within and outside the municipality, and thanked the donors for the kind gesture.
He also expressed gratitude to the donors for supporting their country.
Marie Mbye, on behalf of the donors, said this was not the first nor the second time they were supporting the health centre.
She was proud of their family in Sweden, who are contributing to the socio-economic development of the country, especially in the health sector.
“If we have many Gambians residing abroad like Madam Coker-Jallow and husband, the government or Gambians home would not struggle to build as many health centres as possible,” she said.
She described health as a very important sector.
They are proud to have parents who make them think about caring and sharing, she went on, adding that they hope in the near future to help the health centre with a 40-foot container filled with medical equipment.
They were pleased to see that all what they have provided to the health centre was put into good use, would always have the health centre in mind and heart, she continued.
Mrs Fatoumata Coker-Jallow, who is also the initiator of Elite Modeling Agency, in her brief remarks thanked Gersahus, Priscilla Allen Carayol (Astou Carayol), Gass Horeja Jeng, Camila Andersson and Sulayman Jallow her son.
The health centre has a dental clinic named after Fatoumata Coker-Jallow and Gary Montgomery.