Conteh family donates to first-born babies of the year, SK Hospital
Thursday, January 12, 2012
The Conteh family of Serrekunda last week donated items to the first-born babies (boy & girl) and also medical items earmarked for the Serrekunda Hospital. The presentation ceremony was held at the new Serrekunda Hospital in Kanifing.
The donated items include, power supplier, dozens of pampers, kettles, packets of ultra sound solutions transmission gel, 2 compressor nebulizer systems, D5,000 for each of the two babies, bowls, spoons, bathing pans, amongst other valuable items.
Speaking at the occasion, Alieu Badjie, the spokesperson of the hospital, expressed delight at the gesture, adding that it is timely and has been a norm for the Conteh family since they adopted the maternity ward of the Serrekunda Hospital. He stated that the items will go a long way in improving the hospital. Donating the items to the hospital, Momodou Conteh, a member of the Conteh family, said it is their social responsibility to contribute to the development of the nation especially to crucial sectors, of which health is no exception.
He explained how the donation came about, noting that the power supplier system was given to him by NEXT, a company in Senegal. He said it is worth over 5, 000 Euros, and has the capacity to serve the whole maternity ward. “Our primary interest is the maternity ward but our aim is to see a good health care delivery system in the hospital and the country at large,” he said.
He finally commended the government and the authorities at the Gambia Ports Authority for allowing the materials to enter the country without any cost. Receiving the items on behalf of the hospital, Alhagie Sankareh, the acting Regional Health director, West Coast Region, who deputised for the director of Health Services, Dr Mamadi Cham, revealed that after the adoption of the ward by the family, tremendous achievements have been registered in the hospital. He added that the ward has not registered any maternal death for the past two years.
He described Conteh as a legend who has done many things, which will go a long way in helping the would-be beneficiaries. Sanakereh then urged the general public to emulate the noble work of the Conteh family. Malang Ndong, the chief executive officer of the hospital, expressed similar sentiments. Alhagie Jarjue from the Green Industries also spoke at the ceremony, as part of the donated items were from his company.
Author: by Fatou Jallow