Jan 20, 2009, 4:56 AM
Yundum Health Center last Wednesday received 150 kilo of medical supply from a
Belgian charity, VZW DE GAMBIAVRIENDEN, through the supervision of the Regional
Health Directorate, Western 1. The support is geared towards bolstering quality
medical service delivery at the health facility.
The items include a mobile ODT machine that can detect cervical disease in women at an early stage before reaching cancer stage. This will facilitate early treatment to prevent it.
According to Lamin Jawla, a public health officer at the Ministry of Health, cervical cancer is the second most leading cause of death of women in the world and the most leading cause of death in The Gambia.
Sulayman Senghore, member of the Village Development Committee and Vice Chairman of the Health Center Committee said a maternity ward have been built in the health center where women at labor will be taken to.
Patrick Devon, President of VZW DE GAMBIAVRIENDEN said his organisation is happy to support the progress made by the Village Development Committee on setting up the maternity ward.
Lamin Fatajo, Regional Education Director, Western Region 1 said development cannot take place in the absence of good health and education.
He thanked the organisation for their contribution towards the development of education and health in the community.