Gambia: Munazamat Supports the Health Sector, Food Aid Basket

The Munazamat Al-Dawa Al-Islamia, an Islamic NGO with its head office in Sudan, Monday presented to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, a 125 KV generator earmarked for the supply of power to health facilities in the West Coast Region.

The organisation also presented 1000 bags of rice to the Gambia government in response to last year's crop failure. The presentation was held at the office of the vice president and minister of Women's Affairs, Her Excellency Aja Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy, at State House.

Speaking at the ceremony, the vice president thanked Munazamat Al-Dawa Al-Islamia for the gesture, which she described as timely. She acknowledged that the organisation has been helping The Gambia and beyond in many areas, notably in the areas of education, building mosques and even helping the poor during the month of Ramadan. She stressed on the importance of giving out in Islam and called on all the Islamic NGOs to continue to help, saying it is something that would trickle down to the poor.

VP Njie-Saidy told the donors that the bags of rice they donated is not small and will go a long way in complementing the efforts of the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) in combating food shortage in the country, adding that it is always distributed among the people who are highly in need. "The rice has come at a right time because the hungry season has begun," she said.

She also spoke about the Gambian leader's unwavering and relentless commitment in propagating and promoting Islam, citing the monthly Quranic recitation competition among Islamic students, among a host of other commitments to Islam.

For her part, the minister of Health and Social Welfare, Fatim Badjie, harped on the importance of power particularly in the health sector. "We thank you and pray that God will reward you," she stated. She also said the donation of the rice was timely and that government really appreciates the gesture.

Sheikh Hammad Abdel Gadir, the head of Munazamat Al-Dawa Al-Islamia, Qatar office, said they are in The Gambia to pay tribute to the government for the support given to the Banjul office as well as extend their gratitude to the Gambian leader from the leader of the Munazamat Al-Dawa Al-Islamia in Sudan.

He disclosed that the visit is a sub-regional visit, and from The Gambia they will proceed to other African countries. He also thanked the vice president and the people of The Gambia for the hospitality accorded to them. Muhammed Mumin, the head of the Gambia office also spoke at the ceremony.

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