Jan 6, 2011, 11:53 AM
Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) through the
Turkish Ambassador in Banjul yesterday donated medical materials to the
Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
The donated items include hemoglobin test meter, hemoglobin strips, Glucometer, lanset, lanset pen, 50 piece box, thermometer standard digital, aneroid blood pressure meter, sterile pad, antiseptic disinfectant solution, elastic band/bandage, hydrophilic cotton, compressed gauze bandage 7,5 cm 7.5 cm 100-pcs pack, examination gloves, sterile gloves, needle holder, forceps, non-absorbable surgical sutures, injectors 5cc, injector 2.5cc, injector 10cc, intracath set, intravenous fluid set, physiological saline 500cc bag, physiological saline 1000cc bag scissors surgical 2nd quality, baby weight scale, adult weight scale, Urine strip 100-pcs pack, foldable stretcher 2 fold, oxygen mask, nebulizer device, nebulizer mask adult, nebulizer mask child, wheelchair standard, hospital microscope, tongue depressors 100-pcs pack, microscope slides 100-pcs pack, microscope cover glass 100-pcs pack, catheter, urine bag, aspirator, aspiration catheter 100-pcs pack, white coat, patient bedstead with bed, portable ultrasound device, hospital bed kit linens pillows, pulse oximeter, examination table adult, hospital folding screen 3 fold, and dressing trolley stainless steel.
Speaking at the ceremony, Ergin Soner, Turkish Ambassador to The Gambia, said the valuable medical materials were secured by TIKA for The Gambia upon a request from the Gambian side.
He said the donated medical items are intended for five major health centres throughout The Gambia as was requested by the Gambia government.
According to him, it is apparent that the main idea of distributing the materials throughout the country is to help the Gambia government in its efforts at upgrading the medical system and infrastructure of the health centres.
It would also drastically reduce the burden on the rural people, especially those in small villages, in their quest to have access to basic medical needs, he said.
“I have the conviction that these medical items will be used for their intended purpose and will also contribute and strengthen the capacity of The Gambia health system, particularly in the rural areas,” Ambassador Soner added.
The Turkish diplomat further stated that from his experience and knowledge in The Gambia, he would also like to point out that The Gambia would “surely attain” its goals in the health sector.
He assured all that Turkey would continue to contribute to The Gambia’s development goals both in the scope of capacity building training and other material or equipment donations.
Babanding Sabally, director of pharmacies, said this was the best donation ever as all the items are brand new items, while thanking TIKA for the donation.
He said the Ministry of Health has a donation policy which is based on expressed needs, and urged all donors to respect their donation policy, adding that the donated items would make an impact in the healthcare delivery system in the country.
Presiding over the handing-over ceremony, the Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Omar Sey, said the gesture was all geared towards boosting the health sector.
He commended the donors for their intervention, which he described as “very timely”.
Minister Sey assured the donors that the materials would be put into good use or its intended purpose.
Other donations from various organizations were also made and handed over to the Ministry of Health to help ease health service delivery in the country.