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US$ 100,000 worth of medication donated to EFSTH

Mar 11, 2015, 10:45 AM | Article By: Adama k. Jallow

The Rotary Club of LYTAM based in the United Kingdom in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Fajara Friday presented a consignment of medical equipment, health and safety materials to the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, the president of the Rotary Club of Fajara, Adam Wadda-Jammeh, said the request for assistance for hemodialysis medication and other medical needs of the hospital, came as a result of a fruitful discussion the Rotary Club of Fajara had with the hospital management last year.

After their meeting with the senior management of the hospital, a list of the medical needs was forwarded to the Rotary Club of Fajara and after the submission of the list, the Rotary Club of Fajara forwarded the request to the sister club, Rotary Club of LYTAM, for support, she said.

She added that upon receiving the list of medical items, the president of the Rotary Club of LYTAM, Robert Dum, responded to their call and sent a 40-foot container loaded with medication to the hospital.

According to Mrs Wadda-Jammeh, Rotary International and the Rotary Club of Fajara have a long-standing relationship with the hospital and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Banjul.

She noted that health and education, as well as supporting communities remain key priorities for the Rotary Club.

Mrs Wadda-Jammeh assured the Health minister and the hospital management of their unflinching support to the hospital, especially in their areas of need, and she thanked the Rotary Club of LYTAM for their support.

The Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Omar Sey, described the items as of great value to the hospital, especially the hemodialysis unit of the hospital, and opined that anybody who invests in health is investing to save life.

He emphasised that the ministry needs partners like Rotary Club of Fajara and Rotary International, which are complementing the government’s effort in the area of health.

Minister Sey revealed that the Rotary Club of Fajara has supported the hospital in different areas of interest, and thanked the Rotary Club of LYTAM in the United Kingdom for their timely support.

Dr Amadou Samateh, head of surgery at the hospital, said the hospital values the contributions and support of the Rotary Club of Fajara, and appealed to the Rotary Club to help the theatre at the hospital with equipment.

Minyan Jobe, the immediate past president a member of the Rotary Club of Fajara, thanked Minister Sey for the cordial relationship that continues to exist with the Rotary Club, adding that anytime they call him he is always willing to answer to their call.

Jobe urged the hospital officials to put up a proposal of all what the theater would need, and forward it to the Rotary Club to solicit support in that regard.

He told the hospital management that the Rotary Club would see how best to solicit support for that important unit.

Ebrima Touray, secretary of the Rotary Club of Fajara, chaired the occasion.