Oct 15, 2008, 7:57 AM
The items included eight patients’ beds, wheelchairs, bales of baby clothes, medical apparatus including microscopic machines and operational lanterns, packs of medicine, as well as office materials such as laptops and printers shipped via a 40-foot container from the Netherlands.
Speaking to The Point shortly after the presentation ceremony at the health centre, the Chairman of Foundation Help Gambia Helpen, Gerrit Lamboo, accompanied by his secretary to the foundation, Annemiek Lamboo, said they have given a similar support to the Soma Major Health Centre.
He stated that despite the challenges involved in fundraising and shipping the donated materials to The Gambia, the foundation had earned recognition of the Ministry of Health and admiration of the Gambian people.
Mr Lamboo noted that apart from the renovation of the facility and donation of the medical materials, it was his pleasure to make a part contribution to install a sustainable and reliable water supply system “which the Ministry of Health has promised to complete”.
Mafaal Saidy, National Coordinator of the Foundation, said MAKOYE Gambia Foundation, as it is locally translated, had been active in supporting the country in the fields of education and health for the past five years with special attention to children and women.
He said the provision of learning materials and scholarship packages for students, as well as office inventory, housing and medical equipment and medicine for clinics, is among the core values of their foundation.
The Officer-in-Charge of the Kwinella Health Centre said the support intervention by the donors would have a direct bearing on both the centre’s administration and the reproductive and child health services.
He said it would further reflect positively in terms of nursing management, patients’ care and lab operation at the centre and its outreach clinics which are at the disposal of about thirty-three villages in the Kiangs.