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Ladies Bantaba donates to Pediatrics Department of EFSTH

Feb 21, 2022, 2:01 PM | Article By: Makutu Manneh

As part of their five-year anniversary celebration, Ladies Bantaba, a non-profitable movement donated sanitary and other materials to the Department of Pediatrics at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) in Banjul.

The donation is part of the movement’s contribution to the development of the country with a specific focus on health and women empowerment.

The items donated include 16 mattresses, 20 bed sheets, 1 carton of sanitary pads, 4 gallons of cleaning bleach 2.84L and 5 bottles of surgical spirit 1L.

Aja Fatty, head of Ladies Bantaba said the initiative is part of the movement’s contribution to national development.

In explaining the motive behind the support, Ms Fatty noted that sometime back, two of their members were admitted at the said department where they understood some of the challenges that women (mothers) face.

“This is why as ladies we have a responsibility when necessary to support our fellow women who are in need. We understand that this departmentneeds such support which is why we are out here today to support them,” she said.  

Prof. Simon Pius, Consultant on Neonatologist commended the Ladies Bantaba for their foresight in supporting the Pediatric ward.

He encouraged the Ladies Bantaba to also engage themselves in advocating for women to be educated and contribute their quota to the development, empowerment and welfare of their children.

“If women are educated, they are empowered and can take good care of their children properly. They will know what it takes to be able to take good care of your children from infant to adulthood,” he said.

Dr Lamin Makalo, Deputy Head of Paediatrics Department at EFSTH welcomed the support, saying it will go a long way in helping to maintain standards in the ward. “It is very difficult to maintain the condition of the place, but with this support, a lot will change.”

“Some of these items will go a long way in maintaining the sanitary condition of these mothers, some of whom stay here for months, depending on the condition of other children,” he said.  

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