By Lamin E. Fatty, Mamos Tv Gambia
The Sene-Gambia Democracy and Governance Organisation, a United States based civil society and human rights advocacy group led by Gambians and partners across the sub-region, Friday, 23rd June, 2017, delivered a consignment of foodstuff to the Tanka –Tanka Psychiatric hospital.
The organisation was led to the hospital by the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mrs. Tuku Jallow, a Gambian human rights activist who spent almost two decades in exile in the United States of America.
Friday’s delivery of food items and two basins of readily prepared food is a continuous process of the organisation to reach out to the needy and the less privilege in this Muslim holy month of fasting.
In an interview with Mamos TV, the CEO of the organisation, Tuku Jallow said that they are inspired to give back to their country in any form necessary. She stated that despite the organisation being more of a pro-active advocacy and human rights organisation, the component of charitable gesture is also at the core of the organisation’s mandate and objective.
She said this is not the first time she has been doing the work of charity. “I have extensively worked on the plights of many young people who took the perilous journey of crossing the Mediterranean Sea to reach Western Europe where I helped them with resettlement and guardianship including cooking and providing local dishes for them,’’ she explained.
In relation to the Tanka-Tanka hospital, she said the institution needs to have access to television sets and a radio station in order to enable the patients to crack their brains and become rehabilitative after they are discharged from the center. “Such can be effective with the provision and utilisation of modern equipment and facilities such as a training center that can teach them skills and different types of sports,’’ she added.
Mrs. Jallow promised to reach out to the president of the Republic and highlight the plight of the health facility to the attention of all relevant authorities for redress.
Mrs Adama Jobe-Drammeh, the chairperson of the organisation said they are proud as Gambians to render such a gesture to such a sensitive institution which she said is of immense importance and timely. She said it has come to their attention that the institution is in critical need of modern facilities and equipment and they will endeavour to intervene in such a sector.
The secretary general of the organisation, Mr Baboucarr Bojang said: “our primary focus is for justice and equal rights and as result, we are about to launch a massive sensitisation campaign to reach the entire country and teach the masses especially the youths, about the true meaning of democratic concept.”
Also speaking to Mamos Tv, a psycatiaric nurse, Mr Baba Manneh said they are delighted as an institution to receive such a gesture. He thanked the organisation on behalf of the entire hospital staff.
Mr Manneh called on the government and other stakeholders to come to the aid of the institution to help them better deliver on their core mandate on treating and rehabilitating the mentally ill.