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US Based Gambian Donates to Essau Health Centre

Nov 10, 2008, 4:35 AM | Article By: Yai Dibba

Mr. Ousman Sonko recently donated some medical items to Essau Health Centre. Mr. Sonko is a citizen of Essau in Lower Nyumi Rising who resides in the United States of America.

The donation included seven packets of gloves, four bottles of hydrogen peroxide, cotton and needles for the lab and plasters. In all the donation is worth over D20,000.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, the donor said that people should remember that the government cannot do everything and that everyone must do their best to help. He also paid tribute to his wife Mrs. Amina Faal Sonko for her part in the donation. He said that the donation aims to allow Essau Health Centre to have enough sophisticated medical equipment so there will be less need to refer people to RVTH. He called on the administration of the hospital to make the best use of the donation.

For his part, the officer in charge, Mr. Sulayman Jammeh, said that he was very impressed with the items and stated that the items were very important to the centre. He also said how useful hydrogen peroxide is to the centre. He said that the centre is in need of many things including a fence.

He also appealed to the government to help them to fence the health centre. He finally promised Mr. Sonko that the best use will be made of the donation.

Mr. Fabakary Nana Sonko, the chief of Lower Nyomi, also thanked the donor. He stated that for the first time this kind of medical equipment has been brought by a native of the area. He said that Mr. Sonko's gesture would be of benefit to all the people of the area. He finally advised the staff of the health centre to take good care of the items.

Other speakers included Mr. Satay Abdoulie Joof the member for DHT who expressed similar sentiments.