The Government of Japan through its embassy in Dakar has funded the provision of vital equipment for the Westfield Clinic in The Gambia to strengthen diagnostic services to improve curative and preventive health care.
Funded at the tune of 73, 314 Euros, the project dubbed, ‘The Project for Supplying Medical equipment to the Westfield Clinic” purchased one Haematology analyser; one electrolyte analyser; one clinical chemistry analyser; HBAIC analyser; one fluorescence Microscope; one Portable Sonosite ultrasound scanner and a 100KVA generator.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Hideya Sato, First Secretary at the embassy of Japan in Dakar, Senegal, said the day was occasioned to inaugurate the project for supplying medical equipment to the Westfield Clinic within the framework of the Japanese Grant Assistance for grassroots human security project.
With Japan’s new strategy on Global Health Diplomacy, which represents its development cooperation initiative in the health sector, she added, the Government of Japan has implemented a diversified cooperation in this area and through the TICAD process, by which Japan has promoted Africa’s development in partnership with the co-organisers in the United Nations and the African Union Commission. “Our country is committed to promote its cooperation to support the reinforcement of health system,” she said.
Highlighting Government of Japan’s contributions to the development of Gambia’s the health sector, Madam Sato stated that in 2015 Japan launched the project of “Support to national prevention and preparedness in The Gambia” which is planned and implemented by UNDP through a Japanese financial contribution amounting 1,600,000 US Dollars. “In addition to this, the Japanese embassy offered 78,000 US Dollars to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of The Gambia for installation of the Thermography at the Banjul International Airport”.
According to the First Secretary, the project being implemented at the Westfield Clinic will introduce the blood test equipment and six other medical equipment. This she noted is against the backdrop of a dramatic increase in the number of people suffering from non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension in The Gambia.
“The cooperation enables the clinic to provide a range of tests for the diagnostic and monitoring of non-communicable diseases for over three hundred thousand people in the Kanifing Municipality. It is a great pleasure for Japan to support the improvement morbidity and mortality rates in The Gambia,” she said.
Sheriff Tambedou, Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Westfield Clinic, said just over 18 months ago the clinic made a historic signing of a grant agreement with Mrs. Takano, the then First Secretary at the embassy of Japan in Senegal. He said it was a momentous occasion as this is the first time ever that the clinic has received external support of such from a government.
“The clinic is a charity and donations such as these go a long way in helping us realise our mission to provide care of high quality to the population in The Gambia,” he told the donors. He informed them that the board is grateful to the Government of Japan for providing a grant amounting to over 73,000 Euros under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security projects which supports local non-profit organisations to implement small-scale projects that directly benefit communities and contribute to the socio-economic development of The Gambia.
Tambedou further stated the grant helps the clinic to set up care laboratory to do quick and easy on-the-spot testing. “This will help us diagnose emergencies quickly and monitor patients with chronic illnesses, especially diabetes and hypertension”.
by Fatoumatta K Saidykhan