Gambian international Pa Modou Jagne Wednesday toured health facilities in the country as part of his Foundation's drive to boostmaternal health care in The Gambia.
The FC St Gallen midfielder was accompanied on the tour by some of his Scorpions team mates like Mamadou 'Futty' Danso and goalkeeper Bala Musa Bajaha amongst others. Jagne recently launched his Foundation in a ceremony held at the Paradise Suites Hotel in Kololi. With the theme "no woman should die giving life", the Foundation aims at promoting maternal health in the country.
Speaking at the launching, Ousman Ceesay, the principal nursing officer who represented the minister of Health and Social Welfare, dwelt among other things, on the significance of promoting maternal health. He revealed that, every year 536,000 women die from pregnancy-related causes globally. This adds up to more than 10 million women over a generation.
Ceesay also said that 10-15 million women a year suffer severe or longlasting illnesses or disabilities caused by complications during pregnancy or child birth, ranging from obstetric fistula to infertility and depression. The main reasons for maternal deaths, he added, are haemorrhage, infection and unsafe abortion, high blood pressure leading to seizures and obstructed labour.
Amongst those who lauded the initiative of the Gambian international was Alhaji Omar Sey, the spokesperson and vice chairman of the Normalisation Committee of the Gambia Football Association who formaly declared the inauguration of the Foundation.
The former Gambia Ports Authority player was moved by what he saw at the Brikama Health Centre and pledged his support to make sure that proper maternal health will be provided.
As part of the activities launching the Foundation, a friendly football match is being organised between the friends of Pa Modou Jagne and Gambian veterans. The players in Pa Modou Jagne's team will comprise of the current crop of Gambian internationals in the likes of Futty, Bajaha, Tijan Jaiteh, Lamin Basmen Samateh amongst others who are currently holidaying in the country.
The minister of Youth and Sports, Alieu Kebba Jammeh, will be part of the veteran footballers' setup and is expected to see some minutes of action. The game will take place at the Serekunda East Mini-Stadium on Sunday. Kick-off is 4:30pm. Ticket prices are D10.00 for vip and D5.00 for the stands. All proceeds will go into the foundation.