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ROC donates mobile x-ray machines to health ministry

Oct 11, 2011, 3:44 PM | Article By: Isatou Senghore

The Taiwanese ambassador to The Gambia, H.E. Richard Shih, on Friday presented eleven mobile X-ray machines to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

Presented at the Central Medical Stores in Kotu, the items will be distributed to various health centres across the country with the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital (RVTH) and Bansang Hospital receiving two machines each.

According to officials, one machine will be given to each of the following health facilities: Serekunda General Hospital, Basse Major Health Centre, AFPRC General Hospital, Sulayman Junkung General Hospital, Brikama Major Health Centre Faji Kunda Health Centre and the Jammeh Foundation for Peace Hospital.
Ambassador Richard Shih thanked the Office of the President and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare for facilitating the arrival of the equipment.

He said they would continue to work closely with the health sector to further strengthen the country’s health service delivery.

“Many Gambians will immensely benefit from this donated equipment,” the chief Taiwanese diplomat to The Gambia told senior health officials at the brief presentation.

For her part, Hon. Fatim Badjie, the minister of Health and Social Welfare, stated that the donation was made possible through the efforts of President Jammeh.

Health workers will be trained on how to use the donated equipment, she said.

Health is a priority for the government, she said while thanking the Taiwanese government for the support and urged the chief executive officers of the various beneficiary hospitals and health centres to take good care of the machines.
Professor Ousman Nyang, the chief medical director of the RVTH, described the donation as another morale booster for the health sector.

He disclosed that the two X-ray machines allocated to them will be used for the accident and emergency unit and other units within the hospital.
The machines will also help the X-ray department of the hospital, he acknowledged, saying “the items will be put into good use”.

Kebba Manneh, chief executive officer at the Jammeh Foundation for Peace Hospital, gave the vote of thanks.