May 8, 2008, 6:50 AM
In an further example of their support to the education and health sectors in The Gambia, the Seventh Day-Adventist Church in The Gambia recently donated medical books worth over 20,000 US dollars to the University of The Gambia School of Medicine.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Mr. Emmanuel P. Smith, the Director of the Seventh-Day Adventist Mission in The Gambia stated that the donation is in fulfillment of his promise to President Jammeh who, during his visit to the
"In response to the president calling, the Seventh-Day Adventist's have sent over 500 boxes of medical books to the school of medicine. The church is going to be sending medical professional doctors to the school of medicine to help train doctors, physicians and nurses in the field of medical work," he said.
In receiving the items, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Malick Njie, expressed gratitude to the mission for their "noble gesture". He added that the gesture will go a long way in helping to raise the level of education and health in the country and promised to use the books for their intended purpose.
Dr. Mariatou Jallow, Chief Medical Director at the RVTH, commended the mission for the laudable gesture and promised to put the donated items to good use. She also said that they are elated and moved by the gesture, adding, "this could not have come at a better time as health is my first priority."
For his part, Dr. Ousman Nyan Head of Department School of Medicine at the
Other speakers included the Councilor of Ebo town Jeshwang ward Modou Lamin Badjie.