The First Lady, Her Excellency Madam Zineb Jammeh, through her Operation Save the Children Foundation (OSCF) initiative is positively impacting the lives and livelihoods of women and children.
The Cervical Cancer Prevention and her support to the Neonatal Ward at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) are two among the many life-improving initiatives she championed over the years. The Press Team at her Office on Wednesday visited the two intervention sites to assess the impact of the interventions.
Sis Frances Njie, Head Nurse, SOS Mother and Child Clinic and Head of the Cervical Cancer Screening Unit said more women are voluntarily coming forward for the test. “We are very happy that the First Lady initiated the project and there has been increased number of women coming forward since the launching. We have also been going out to sensitise people in the communities on the importance of doing the test.”
Two women from Manjai and Bijilo, who were met at the Centre for the test, lauded the First Lady for the project, which they said is timely. They urged their fellow women to visit the cervical cancer unit for the test.
EFSTH Neonatal Ward
The next port of call was at the Neonatal Ward at the EFSTH in Banjul where Landing Camara, who works at the said Ward, attested that the intervention has greatly helped to improve the Ward with quality equipment and a conducive environment for babies.
He, nonetheless, appealed for more support from the First Lady, revealing that about 15 patients are admitted every 24 hours. “From January to now, we have admitted over 600 patients. Our mortality is about 30% now compared to 45% before the First Lady’s intervention,” Camara told journalists.
Dr. Elliot, an employee of the Hospital expressed gratitude to the First Lady for donating medical equipment to the Ward, which he said has reduced the mortality of babies.
Dr. Mariama Sonko, a Senior Medical Officer at the Ward described it as ‘stimulating’ for her to work at the Ward. “I am really happy working here.” While applauding the First Lady for her intervention, she appealled to Madam Jammeh to support more Gambian doctors undergo training to become neonatologists and cardiologists.
by Alieu Ceesay