The WILKO-Gambia Foundation, a charitable organisation based in the Netherlands on Sunday donated 600 bed nets to the people of Jiffarong village, in Kiang West District, at a presentation ceremony held at the village health centre.
The donation is part of initiatives to implement government's unrelenting efforts to eradicate the burden of malaria in the country.
Speaking at the occasion, the representative of the Alkalo of the village, Babanding Kinteh, applauded the gesture, while describing the donors as true friends of the village. He urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the items.
For his part, Omar Drammeh, a youth leader of the village, dilated on the significance of health, saying, the donation will go a long way in complementing efforts of the government in its quest for quality health service delivery.
He disclosed that the health centre is the village's own initiative and it is yet to be completed; that they still need assistance in order to complete construction.
Ganya NS Baldeh, the primary health care nurse at the village, also saluted the Netherland philanthropists for their humanitarian assistance to the people of the village.
According to him, government alone cannot do it , so they need assistance from all sectors.
The village health worker, Junkung Barrow, also expressed delight over the gesture and described it as timely.
He said the village is disadvantaged in terms of health service faicilities. He finally thanked the donors for their assistance.
Kommer Vantrigh, the chairman of the WILKO-Gambia Foundation, said they are very delighted to assist the people of Jiffarong. "I was approached by one Momodou Drammeh to help his village with bed nets, and I went back to discuss with my foundation and we agreed to donate 600 bed nets to Jiffarong village," he disclosed.
He implored on the beneficiaries to always use the bed nets so that the burden of malaria can be a thing of the past.
For his part, Basiru Drammeh, who spoke on behalf of Jiffarong Youth Development (JYDA) also underscored the importance of health and paid tribute to the Netherland philanthropists for the gesture.
He outlined the importance of child health, saying children under 5 years do not have robust immune systems, thus they are particularly vulnerable. He expressed hope that having a complete health facility in a big village like Jiffarong would go a long way in improving quality and sustainable health service delivery.
Aja Moneh Kinteh and Firena Njie, both traditional birth attendants, also applauded the gesture and disclosed constraints facing them during the course of their work, particularly transportation.