The Officer-in-Charge of Brufut Health Centre (BHC) has said that environmental cleanliness ensures the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems, as well as prevents pollution, and conserves natural resources.
Haddijatou Gbla made this statement over the weekend while addressing volunteers from a local organisation called Friends Forever Organisation (FFO), who turned out to clean the premises of Brufut Health Centre in Kombo North District, West Coast Region.
She encouraged members of the group to maintain a clean environment and advised people to reduce the use of toxic materials; conserve water and energy so as to dispose garbage properly.
Gbla emphasised the importance of the initiative, noting that community participation is highly needed in the development of the country.
She added that cleaning the environment is important in one’s health as one cannot attain good health without cleanliness. “If the grasses around the centre are not removed they can harbour snakes, scorpions and other harmful reptiles that can harm both the patients and their escorts,” she cautioned.
The Officer-in-Charge at BHC affirmed that FFO are the first volunteers from the community to clear the grasses at the health facility.
She thus commended the women volunteers of Brufut who have turned out to clean the health centre for the past years.
Dilating on the rationale behind the cleansing exercise, Omar Sanneh, the President of the Friends Forever Organisation, affirmed that they want to make the health facility safe for both their staff, patients and their escorts. He added: “If the environment of the health facility is clean it will make the place mosquito-free especially at this time of the year when health centres register high malaria cases”.
Since the inception of the organisation Sanneh went on, his organisation has supported many patients who needed help, citing their generosity extended to one diabetic patient who needed support to undergo leg amputation.
He thus called on other organisations and groups within their catchment areas to emulate his organisation by participating in community work.
The Head of Public Health Unit at Brufut Health Centre, Haruna Jammeh; and Public Health Officer at the Centre, Siaka Marong, both commended FFO for the initiative.
by Lamin Darboe