The President's Alternative Treatment Programme (PATP), a scheme set up by the Gambian leader in 2007 to treat people with different scourges of complicated ailments, Friday received a donation from a Gambian based Australian, Pa Bakary Marong, who is also a native of Essau in Lower Niumi, North Bank Region.
Marong together with his Australian wife, Hellega-Marima Marong, donated medical items such as two incubators, bed sheets, scissors, among others, to the PATP during a presentation ceremony held at the Kanilai Alternative Clinic in Bakau.
On receiving the items, the PATP director general, Dr Tamsir Mbowe, elucidated the remarks of President Jammeh that any citizen or individual that donates or contributes to the health sector is a true and genuine citizen, and above all a good friend of the motherland. "The donors have demonstrated that they are true and genuine friends to the health sector and Gambian people in general," Dr Mbowe underscored.
He said the materials donated will improve the health sector, and will go a long way in helping the medical staff to render the best medical services that they can provide. "The incubators will help to save lives and other biomedical equipment, which can be used in the respective theaters in the medical facilities in the country," he stated.
Dr. Mbowe on behalf of The Gambia medical family and President's Alternative Treatment Programme, expressed sincere thanks, gratitude and appreciation to the donors for the assistance, which he said will go a long way in improving the health sector.
Also speaking at the occasion, a representative of the donor, Ebrima Camara said the donation is part of their contribution to national development.