Antwerp Banjul Challenge donates Gunjur Health Centre

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Antwerp Banjul Challenge, a Belgium charitable organization, last Friday donated an ambulance to the Gunjur Health Centre.

The gesture was part of their contributions towards the development of the health sector in the country, the donors said.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at the health centre in Gunjur, the chairman of Antwerp Banjul Challenge, who also doubles as the Ward Councillor of Kartong, Lamin Jamba Jammeh, said Antwerp Banjul Challenge started supporting people in The Gambia in 2003. “Last year the organisation donated a vehicle to Gunjur radio station - Jannehkoto and a school bus to the communities of Kartong in Kombo South and Kafuta village in Kombo East in the West Coast Region of The Gambia,” he said.

He said his organisation is willing to expand its support to other parts of the country.

Jammeh told the gathering that his organisation would continue to render more support to the people of Kombo South and the country at large in the years to come.

The chief nursing officer of the Gunjur Health Centre, Lamin Jabang, applauded Antwerp Banjul Challenge for their “tremendous” support to the health centre. “The ambulance will greatly aid the centre in transporting patients to the major hospitals,” Jabang said.

He also assured the donors that the donated vehicle would be properly maintained and put into good use.

He also thanked the former chief nursing officer of the health centre, Lamin Marong, for facilitating the donation, saying he and his colleagues would work collectively to improve the condition of the health centre.

Other speakers at the ceremony included the representative of the chief of Kombo South, Omar Bojang, and the representative of the Alkalo, Alhagie Saibanne Cham. They both expressed similar sentiments as Mr Jabang’s and thanked the donors for the gesture.

Woman, 51, in need of Overseas Treatment

Isatou Bah, a 51-year-old woman, is in dire need of support to go for medical treatment overseas, as advised by a medical report given to her at a hospital in Dakar, Senegal, where she was referred to from The Gambia.

Mrs Bah has been diagnosed with exertional dyspnea with systolic aortic leading to a slightly dilated atrium and slightly hypertrophied left ventricular.

She was referred to a cardiologist in Dakar who has recommended further treatment abroad including surgery for an aortic value replacement.

Since the cost of these procedures would be prohibitive for her, Mrs Bah is therefore seeking financial assistance and relevant support to defray the expenses of the indicated medical attention abroad.

Those that would like to assist Mrs Bah may call the following numbers: 00220 - 7483333, 9441640.

Author: Lamin Darboe