10 March 2014

Gambia: Brikama & Soma Health Centres Boosted

In their efforts to make preventable diseases history, Your Change for a Change (YCFaC) recently embarked on blood donation, paying medical bills and dishing out food items to patients, at the Brikama and Soma Health Centres, respectively.

Lack of blood is one of the challenges community health centres face, most especially at the maternity wards. This is one reason why YCFaC had mobilised volunteers to donate blood. The programme also witnessed the distribution of food items to the children and female wards, respectively.

Speaking at the occasion, Ebou Corr, the officer-in-charge at the Brikama Health Centre commended YCFaC for the magnanimous gesture in making unpreventable diseases history. He called on other institutions to emulate YCFaC. According to him, it is worth emulating young people that venture into saving the lives of the needy. He then urged his fellow Gambians to support this great initiative. Oumie Bah, a member of YCFaC, who also spoke at the occasion, disclosed that last year the organisation ventured in a similar event at the EFSTH, which according to her, was a success. This year, she added, their target is the Brikama and Soma Health Centres. She thanked the volunteers and the Brikama Area Council for their support.

Bah further mentioned that their sole sponsor is the council. Omar Manjang, the head of clinical services at the Brikama Health Centre, said blood is very vital in human life, disclosing that YCFaC has embarked on a worthwhile venture, because the blood donated could save their own lives. According to him, complementing government's efforts through health is very important. Sainey Dibba, a blood donor called on young people to be active donors as it saves lives.

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