Nov 12, 2015, 4:39 PM
Humanity First The Gambia recently donated medical equipment to emergency care unit of Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) in Banjul.
The donation came following the week long training on emergency care organised for doctors and other health workers at the EFSTH, by Humanity First The Gambia branch through Humanity First International United Kingdom.
Humanity First is a non-religious international NGO registered in 41 countries across 6 continents, and had been working on human development projects and responding to disaster since 1994.
These have included the earthquakes in Turkey, Pakistan, Japan, and Iran, floods in Africa and Latin America, storms and tsunamis in the USA, among others.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Azar, who led the team of doctors from the United Kingdom, spoke at length on the significance of the training, saying their aim and objective was not only to train nurses and doctors, but also to assist the whole health system.
He said they would continue to assist the hospital, as they have some medical equipment for the EFSTH.
Dr Azar pointed out that the donated equipment would be very useful to the health sector and they would like to continue with the training so the country could develop more nurses and doctors.
Dr Babucarr Sowe, who is also a member of Humanity First The Gambia, said Humanity First is a charitable international NGO established in many countries, and one of their projects in The Gambia is rendering medical assistance.
They run a clinic upcountry, rehabilitate and dig water well, and take part in farming education among other support, he said.
He said Humanity First was pleased to render the training to the only major referral hospital in the country, and also pledged they would continue to nurture the relationship.
The Chief Medical director of the EFSTH, Dr Ammar Al-Jaafari, expressed delight in realising both the training and the donation, saying it was “timely”.
He assured Humanity First that the training and the donated equipment would be used purposefully.
He commended the organisation for its service to humanity, saying the doors of the hospital are always open to donors and NGOs like Humanity First.