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Martina's Foundation gives hospital beds, mattresses to Brikama District Hospital

Jun 18, 2020, 12:28 PM | Article By: Sheriff Janko

Martina's Foundation, a registered charity in The Gambia on Monday extended benevolence to Brikama District hospital with the presentation of items to maternity and outpatient units of the hospital.

The items include, beds, mattresses, cartons of dressing materials, thermometers, clothing and bed sheets.
This donation is among series to be embarked on by the local charity in the coming weeks to needy health institutions in the country.

Presenting the items, Mariama Baldeh (Marong) expressed delight to present the items to the hospital, disclosing that the feature is part of the foundation's little contribution to the country's health sector.

Baldeh was also taken on a conducted tour of the facility, where she was briefed about some pressing concerns at both outpatient and maternity wards.

"During a conducted tour of the facility some of the concerns raised are lack of oxygen machines and machines to stabilise their asthmatic patients, cupboards, lockers, tables and chairs. At the newly renovated maternity wards, we discovered that there are beds but no mattresses and additional scanning machines"
To this end, she promised that the foundation would do its utmost if not all, to address some of the constraints raised.

Receiving the items, Lamin Sanyang, nurse-charge of Brikama District Hospital, hailed the charity for their magnanimity, further describing the items as 'worthy and timely'.

"We have just renovated our maternity wards where we will be taking some of these mattresses. Perhaps tomorrow we may have patients admitted on those beds. So this donation is something we really appreciate and cherish. We therefore thank the efforts of this foundation.

Sanyang went on to challenge other philanthropists to emulate Martina's Foundation, as government alone cannot do all, thus the need for partnership.

"This is a government facility and most of the services are free for patients. We must therefore look back to both private and public institutions to see how best they could render assistance because the hospital is for all Gambians".

The donation, he went on, might be small in the eyes of the foundation, but that it is something that the hospital appreciates and cherishes wholeheartedly.

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