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First Lady airlifts children with heart disease to Israel

Jun 29, 2016, 11:21 AM | Article By: Adam Jobe

(Issue Monday June 27, 2016)

Three children with congenital heart disease were on Saturday airlifted to Israel for treatment, by First Lady Zineb Jammeh who is also the chairperson of Operation Save the Children Foundation (OSCF).

Jainaba Touray, 11 years; Muhammed Sillah, 7 years, and Hawa Sawaneh, were the second batch to be airlifted for treatment by the First Lady. The first batch consisted of four children also sent to Israel five weeks ago. 

Speaking at Banjul International Airport shortly before the departure of the children, Modou Lamin Jammeh, public relations officer of EFSTH, thanked President Jammeh and the First Lady for their commitment to the health and well-being of children.

Malang Ndong, director of Administration and Human Resources, hailed OSCF and the First Lady “for bringing smiles to the faces of lots of parents in the country”.

He said the first batch of children sent for treatment had been successfully operated on, and “the patients have all recovered”.

Mafanta Sillah, a parent to one of the airlifted children, applauded the First Lady for her “kind gesture” and concern about the well-being of children.

“I thank her [First Lady] and her husband, the President, for making The Gambia a better place for all, especially children.” 

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