By Ousman A. Marong
Kerewan One Family Association, an association of Kerewan youth based in the diaspora have on Saturday donated medical equipment worth D1 million (one million dalasis) to Kerewan health centre, Lower Baddibou District, North Bank Region.
The donation is meant to assist in providing quality healthcare services in the district.
During a brief handing over ceremony of the donated equipment, the Alkalo (village head) of Kerewan, Ousman Fatty said the deplorable state of the health facility in the district is the driving factor for their sons and daughters in the diaspora and partners at home to give the support.
He said the association carried out a need assessment of the health facility sometime last year and began assembling the required items from abroad to Kerewan.
The list of the donated items presented included hospital beds, an incubator for neonates, an anaesthetic machine, patient and instrument trolleys, wheelchairs, cottons, crutches, medical consumables like gloves, syringes and bandages.
Alkalo Fatty expressed hope that the items will go a long way toward assisting the heath directorate attain their goal of elevating Kerewan health centre from a minor to major health facility.
Fabala Kinteh, Chief of Lower Baddibou District called on all stakeholders in the healthcare delivery system to play their respective roles to improve on access to quality healthcare, encouraging health staff to accept posting to serve in deprived communities.
Abdoulie Jarju, Assistant Director at the Ministry of Health thanked Kerewan One Family Association for the timely donation.
According to Jarju, the Kerewan Health Centre urgently needs most of the items presented to assist in their work.
Mamadi Jawara, Officer-in-Charge at Kerewan Health Centre said: “The labor ward is where life begins, therefore, it should be a happy environment instead of the battle field it has become due to the lack equipment to help expectant mothers.”
He added that the health centre is having only one functional labor ward with no staff quarters.
The Kerewan health centre boss promised that the items will be put in good use to the benefit of all, appealing to the government to come to their aid.
He was called for the adoption of the health centre by the association with continuous support to complement the efforts of Ministry of Health to improve on service delivery.