(Monday 6th December 2010 issue)
Trust Bank Gambia Limited, one of the leading banks in the country last Thursday donated an electronic power supply device to the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital (RVTH) Sanatorium along the Banjul Highway.
The device, which cost the Bank a staggering amount of D380,000 (Three Hundred and Eighty Thousand Dalasis), is geared towards helping to keep the free flow of electricity on a constant basis at the Sanatorium. With the new device, electricity can be transmitted to the whole Sanatorium within 0.48 seconds when power supply from NAWEC goes off.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at the Sanatorium grounds, Dodou Nyang, Sales and Marketing Manager Trust Bank Gambia Limited, described the Sanatorium as a very important component of the health care delivery system of the country. The Sanatorium, he added, plays a very important role in the sector as patients with highly communicable diseases are normally admitted there.
The sanatorium, he stated, was constructed since the colonial days but has over the years suffered a little bit of neglect. He said trust bank have made it a point of adopting it since 2005, adding that the bank is the only institution that has taken over the idea of renovating the sanatorium. "We look at this institution as our baby and it will continue," he told the gathering.
"We all know and accept that in any health facility, electricity supply is very important. We thank NAWEC for all its efforts in making sure that facilities like this enjoy high priority in having electricity supply. But still, we must admit that there are instances when electricity supply is not forthcoming and that is the reason why we are here today," he stated.
He revealed that Trust Bank in its long association with the facility have contributed five to seven million dalasi in refurbishing, furnishing and providing some much needed equipments for the sanatorium.
Nyang added that they decided to revolve this year’s contribution to the supply of electricity to make sure that in the future, if NAWEC cannot be accessed, the patience and staff at the facility will have an uninterrupted supply.
"Trust Bank has always pledge since its inception that we will partner with our government in the areas of disaster relief, sport, education and health, which are our priority areas. In the last three weeks, we have made very deep and meaningful contributions to the Rotary Club of Banjul to the tune of 1.25 million dalasi as our contribution to the building of a science lab for schools in the greater Banjul. We also contributed D250,000 to the University of the Gambia to help needy but outstanding students to meet their tuition fees," Nyang remarked
He commended the Government of The Gambia, Ministry of Health and Green Link for providing and installing the device.
For his part, Mr Ebrahim Malick Samba, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of RVTH said that they are not surprise as Trust Bank has been contributing immensely towards the health sector unlike no other institution.
He commended the bank for the hard work and urged them to keep up the momentum.
Mr Essa Marenah, who spoke on behalf of the RVTH expressed similar sentiments and described Trust bank as useful partners especially to the sanatorium. He added that the equipment being installed is a great development both to the health sector and Trust Bank.