Rainbow Foundation The Gambia (RFTG), an organisation based in the Netherlands, donated theater equipment worth D400, 000 to the Serrekunda General Hospital. At a handing over ceremony held at the Hospital’s premises last Friday.
The equipment include: 18 pieces of white bed sheets, 3 pieces of blankets, 2 boxes by 72 pieces of hand sanitizers, 32 pieces of small hand towels, 2 pieces of carpet for operating beds, 0.5ml-200 pieces of syringes, 3 pieces of mattress protectors, 4 rolls of bandages, 1 box with defribulators accessories, 4 walking aid with wheels, 2 wheel chairs, 8 cupboards and 1 operating theater bed.
In receiving the equipment, the Regional Director of Health Services Western Health Region one, Alhagie Sankareh applauded the donors for complementing the efforts of The Gambia Government in providing quality health service delivery in the country.
“The location of the hospital is in the cosmopolitan area with eight community health clinics and 14 private and NGO facilities,” Sankareh informed the donors. He said the efforts of RFTG cannot go unnoticed by the staff, Board of Management of the Hospital and the Ministry of Health in general.
Speaking earlier, the Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital, Saidou Beyai thanked the donors through their Gambian counterpart, Madam Penda Sowe for their timely donation. He said the equipment donated to the Hospital came at the right time, noting that the Foundation’s goodwill gesture will benefit both Gambians and non-Gambians.
Beyai promised that the equipment would be utilised judiciously for the purpose it is meant for. He also thanked the mediator who made it possible for the equipment to reach to the Hospital, the former CEO of the Hospital, Baba Njie said.
“We are highly in need of this equipment and with your Foundation’s timely intervention of these theater equipments, we will have quality service delivery in the theater room,” Beyai affirmed.
For his part, the Head of the Foundation, Wim Annen, explained to the Hospital’s senior management how the equipment was made available to them. “It was through my friends in Holland who gave this equipment to the Foundation to take it to Eretria but with the intervention of the former CEO of the Hospital, Baba Njie, the Foundation decided to bring the equipment here to The Gambia,” he informed.
He said the Foundation is involved in both health and education projects in the country thus, giving the assurance that they are ready to do more for the country.
Other speakers at the ceremony included the Hospital Administrator Ivan Coker, the Acting Head of the Gambian Doctors at the Hospital Dr. Babanding Daffeh, the former CEO of the Hospital Baba Njie, Penda Sowe the Foundation’s Gambian counterpart and Isatou Samba Head of the Operating Theater.
by Lamin B. Darboe