Mrs Esther John Audu, Nigeria ambassador to The Gambia, recently donated assorted food and hygiene items to the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH), the Brikama Major Health Centre (BMHC), and the SOS Children’s Village in Basse. Items donated to the EFSTH included four bags of rice, four bags of salt, four 20- litre jerry cans of vegetable oil, one carton of Lipton tea, one carton of Ovaltine, one carton of powdered milk, one carton of Dettol, one dozen of toothpaste, one dozen of toothbrush and one carton of laundry soap.
Similar items were given to the BMHC but with a slight difference in quantity. BMHC received two bags of rice, four bags of sugar, two bags of salt, two 20-litre jerry cans of vegetable oil, one carton of Ovaltine and one carton of Lipton tea.
The SOS Children’s Village in Basse received the lion’s share with four bags of rice, six bags of sugar, four bags of salt, four 20-litre jerry cans of vegetable oil, one dozen of toothpaste, one dozen of toothbrush, one carton of cornflakes, one carton of biscuits, one carton of Dettol soap, one carton of Lipton tea, one carton of laundry soap, and one carton of powdered milk. Ambassador Audu noted at the EFSTH that the donation was meant to supplement government effort in providing quality healthcare services across the country. “We know that the government is doing its best, but we cannot leave everything for government alone. We have to support in whatever way we can,” she said. “We are here to complement government efforts and your efforts [the management of the EFSTH] with the little token we can provide.”
For his part, Mr Dawda Fadera, the Permanent Secretary at the Personnel Management Office who is also the chairman of the board of directors of the EFSTH, in receiving the gifts, thanked the Nigeria ambassador for the support. He said that the donated items would ease burden on the hospital, reiterating that the support will go a long way in complementing the effort of government. “The Nigeria Embassy is a true partner of the hospital and I assure them that the items donated will be put into good use.”
In the same vein, Sandarac Jarjue, regional principal nursing officer at the BMHC, thanked the Nigeria ambassador for the timely and generous donation. In Basse, a high-powered team led by the Governor of the Upper River Region, URR, Omar Sompo Ceesay, received the donation on behalf the SOS Children’s Village. He lavished praise on the benefactor, describing her as a kind, generous and thoughtful person who cares deeply for the downtrodden in society.