Sep 24, 2008, 9:24 AM
A drug outlet named in memory of Makumba Kujabi and backed by founders of Yagana World Foundation under Benno and Dinemarie Langereis, was Saturday inaugurated at Makumbaya village.
The Dutch couple have been contributing to both the health and educational sectors of The Gambia for the past 15 years.
The drug outlet was however, sponsored by Mr Derek Kent of NCC Apeldoorn, Netherlands through the foundation who also sponsored 10 students.
The outlet will be run by one Safiatou Bah, a qualified nurse, according to reliable sources, who would conduct a medical check-up before giving a medical prescription.
The inauguration of the drug outlet is geared toward improving the health condition of the Makumbaya community and satellites villages. It would also ease the burden on patients, especially pregnant women and children, who always seek medical attention outside the village.
The inauguration ceremony also witnessed a presentation of school bags and stationery to 45 sponsored students of Makumbaya Primary School.
The gesture was meant to lessen parents’ burden, and to ensure the children have the opportunity to access quality education.
Speaking at the ceremony, Yagana World founder Dinemarie Langereis said she started the foundation 15 years ago.
They have been donating medical and school supplies to various hospitals and schools in the country, as well as sponsoring a total of 55 students to date, she added.
The foundation also helps women’s gardens in villages in the area of vegetable production.
Mrs Langerie further announced that the foundation would support the medical outlet for a year, after which the community will take over and ensure its sustainability.
The drug outlet manager, Modou Manneh, said the drug store serves the community, as well as satellites villages, which have been seeking medical attention from faraway places.
The establishment of the drug outlet would help to fight diseases such malaria and minor ailments, he added.
Makumbaya alkalo Kebba Kujabi thanked the donors for the gesture, and welcomed the initiative.
Lamin Manneh, the medical and health representative, advised the community to prepare for the sustainability of the outlet.