Trust Bank Gambia Limited (TBL) on Wednesday donated non-food items worth D100, 000 to the Tanka-Tanka Psychiatric Hospital at a presentation ceremony held at the Hospital in Salagi. The donation, presided over by the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr Omar Sey, was graced by staff of Tanka-Tanka.
The donated items included; energy saving bulbs, tap heads, double sockets, electrical kettles, barbing machines, drilling machines, florescent tubes, single switches, double switches, shower sets, bale of T-Shirts, blankets, Omo, toilet rolls, cleaning gloves amongst others.
This latest presentation is one of many efforts that TBL has made in its quest to put mental healthcare at the back of the queue for private sector funding.
At the presentation ceremony, Pa Ibrahim Sallah, Managing Director of Trust Bank Ltd, said that their collaboration with the Psychiatric Hospital started in 2014, when TBL saw the need to extend a helping hand to the health facility.
He indicated that mental health service delivery all over the world and The Gambia is no exception, is still a far cry from being satisfactory compared to physical health.
“It is a reality that our bank is determined to initiate a change, and the significant part of that change is down to the professionals working tirelessly to get people back on the road to recovery, and campaigners speaking out about their own experiences of mental health.” he said.
According to him, the incredible work that the mental health worker does is not always recognised, but they only have to look at the records to see the difference it made in the lives of people.
He therefore urged the Minister of Health and Social Welfare to identify the hardworking men and women going extra-mile to help the people with mental health issues and nominate them for national awards.
The Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Omar Sey expressed happiness to be associated with TBL in providing constant support to the health sector, adding that the bank has been very supportive to not only in the health sector, but to other Government sectors as well.
“I have been working in the health sector for years now, and I see the kind of support they (Trust Bank) has been and is still given to The Gambia Government especially in the health sector. They are also very supportive to government even when I was at the Farafenni hospital.” he said referring to the Trust Bank.
Minister Sey emphasised that with the kind of leadership Trust Bank is having, they are very concern in the development of The Gambia especially in the areas of health, sports, and agriculture amongst others.
“Your support to Psychiatric Hospital gave us the courage because of the kind of tools and materials you are helping us at Tanka-Tanka Psychiatric Hospital.” he noted.
He thus urged other partners to emulate TBL, who are working tirelessly towards the development of the country.
Omar Bojang, a Matron at Tanka-Tanka Psychiatric Hospital, stated that the Hospital has been operating since 2008 and was sponsored by Tanka-Tanka Foundation.
The hospital, according to him, is a place where they sheltered over 100 patients with feeding, clothing as well as medications.
According to him, mental health treatment in The Gambia is free which makes it a very big challenge for Government and institutions that are related with the welfare of these patients, adding that this presentation has become an annual event by Trust Bank.
by Arfang MS Camara