Nov 6, 2020, 11:22 AM
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Gambia office has donated a consignment of nutrition supplies to the Ministry of Health.
The health facilities visited were Fajikunda and Banjulinding Health centres.
At Banjulinding Health Centre, the first baby of 2021 was a girl and delivered at exactly 2:17 am. However, the centre registered two babies born in the early hours of 2021, a male and female. Cash and valuable items were donated to these two babies.
During the presentation, PRO of the foundation, Mr. Bakary Jammeh said they deemed it necessary to reach out to few health centres and put a smile on the faces of the newly born babies with their parents.
"It’s in this regard that we were sent here by the founder of the foundation to give you this token as appreciation and to contribute to the welfare of the newly born babies. Each baby will receive a bath pan full with everything that the baby will need together with a cash amount of D2000. This is the first of its kind by the Foundation and we already discuss that it will continue with bigger prizes in the future. We hope the parents appreciate the gifts and we say thank you to the professional midwives who made sure this women delivered safely ".
Receiving the officials, Mrs Mariama Balajo, head of Midwives, expressed delight to receive the officials, saying this is the first time for Banjulunding health centre to benefit from such a gesture.
"We are proud to be part of this and it will boost the name of the facility. We take the opportunity to say thank you to Ya Kumba and her team for the job well done. The first boy was born at 5:00am while the second delivered some minutes after 6am. The parents are happy that the foundation has already paid for their transportation back home and other logistics. This is welcoming."
Mrs Balajo however informed the organisation that government can’t do it all and they will like the organisation to help them with some things.
“Among them is a laundry service. If we can have someone who will be employed as a laundry assistant we will be grateful.”
She also made mention of bed sheets, which she said, is never enough.
All the mothers, who spoke at the presentation expressed gratitude and prayed for Ya Kumba and her team.
Elsewhere at the Fajikunda health centre, the Officer–In-Charge Mr Madi Ceesay said it took the health centre by surprise that Ya Kumba’s Nest came to do a presentation.
Ceesay described the move as the first of its kind conducted at the facility.
"You made not only the babies proud but the health centre too. This has never happened here and we believe it will promote the health facility. Am so proud of the midwives for a wonderful job and I hope the foundation will continue the good job. As we always say government can’t do it all, so anytime Foundations like yours come to complement government's efforts, it’s welcoming. We pray for Ya Kumba and her family together with the organisation to have a peaceful 2021."
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.
Munyagen Development Foundation; a local charity over the weekend donated over D300,000 worth of food and non-food items to Munyagen village in North Bank Region’s Jokadu District.
As part of its efforts prevent the spread of Covid-19 pandemic in The Gambia, Embassy of Germany, through KfW Development Bank and its implementing partner GAMWORKS, last Friday handed over sets of Covid-19 equipment to the community of Brufut.