Pirjo Latomaki-Jagne and Anna Maya, bothFinnish nationals, on Saturday donated medical items to the Sanchaba Sulay Jobe Health Centre and Sukuta Health Centre. The materials were presented at a ceremony held in Brusubi.
The materials included: delivery beds, wheel chairs, incubators, ultra sound machines, baby beds, baby cloths, drips, shyringes, among other things.
Speaking at the ceremony, Pirjo Latomaki Jagne, the project manager of Cultural Association Gepardi, disclosed that she has been coming to The Gambia since 2000, but that this is the first time she is donating to the health sector. According to her, they have been working with different people and communities in The Gambia.
Pirjo Latomaki-Jagne revealed that in 2011, during a meeting held in Sanchaba Sulay Jobe, the community appealed for medical items for the health centre and so when they returned to Finland, they started mobilising these materials for the health centre.
Receiving the gift, the alkalo of Sanchaba Sulay Jobe, Pa Hassan Jobe, commended the donors for the gesture, noting that the donation will go a long way in helping not only the people of Sanchaba and Sukuta but also The Gambia at large. He assured them that the materials would be put into good use.
Aunty Amie Sarr, the head of the Sanchaba Women Association; and Babucarr Secka, the youth leader of Sanchaba, both thanked the donors for the wonderful materials, whilst calling on other associations to emulate the donors.
Ebra Faal, the Sukuta ward councilor and Alfusainey Gano, the project coordinator, both expressed similar sentiments.