ChildFund International Donates To Gambia’s Ministry of Health
The Gambia Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, recently received pharmaceutical items and medical supplies donated by ChildFund International. The handing over of three pallets of various pharmaceutical supplies, was held at the central medical stores in Kotu. The items donated includes, Syringes, Canvases, Surgical brushes and surgical equipment, Drugs, Catheters and so much more. The items donated through their “Gifts in kind programme”, is aimed at complementing the Ministry of Health and social welfare’s efforts in providing quality and affordable health services to all.
Speaking at the ceremony, country director of ChildFund International, Musukuta Komma, said this intervention by ChildFund the Gambia is not the first of its kind to the health sector. Having previously supplied health facilities with clinical and surgical supplies, shelter and children’s clothing. These highly essential packages form part of the countrywide “GIK programme”. The items which came through their “Gifts In Kind” programme is aimed at complementing the Ministry of Health and social welfare’s efforts in providing quality and affordable health services to all In the grand scheme of things. Today’s ceremony also reinforced childFund’s core intent of helping deprived, excluded and vulnerable children to have the capacity to improve their lives and the opportunity to become young adult partners and leaders. Who will bring lasting and positive change in their communities.
She went on to explain that the items worth over million Dalasis, will help make a huge difference in seeking to ensure quality, affordable and accessible health care delivery. Madam Komma thanked their GIK partners for working tirelessly to make sure that this donation becomes a reality.
For his part, permanent secretary of ministry of health and social welfare, Muhammed Lamin Jaiteh, stated that his ministry is committed and will always strengthen their relationship with ChildFund. He dded that, ChildFund is “a reputable organisation which is here to help the Gambian people”.
Programme and Sponsorship Director Famara Darboe, stated that ChildFund the Gambia was known as CCF in previous years, when it started operations in the Gambia in 1984, mainly in the education sector and gradually moved towards the health sector. “Our local partners present here today can bear witness that over the past three decades or more, we are able to do a lot in the health sector. Although the relationship between the “Ministry of Health and Social Welfare” and ChildFund has not been that visible, the way we want to see it”, he highlighted. According to Director Darboe, their aim is to change that; “we want to make sure that anything we do, is more supportive towards the two organizations”. He added that many years ago, in their work towards the development of health they established about 11 community clinics in west coast region, wanting to change the trend and also ensuring that anything they are doing will compliment government’s efforts. Other speakers included, director of pharmaceutical services, Dr. Babanding Sabally.
By Olimatou Coker