The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has accepted to sign and ratify the 24th May agreement in Banjul for the funding of some health-related activities by the Turkish side in The Gambia, the embassy announced Thursday. In a press release sent to the Daily Observer, the Turkish embassy said these activities include the support and financing of the struggle against communicable diseases especially for the Ebola virus disease at the tune of US$50,000, to be financed by the Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency - TIKA.
It added: "The Turkish side will provide hospital beds, medical consumables, and other necessary devices for the isolation wards in Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital and Soma Regional Health Center to be financed by TIKA; the Turkish side to provide first aid trainings in emergencies and disasters to 25 Gambian health staff in The Gambia for three days in 2014; the Turkish side to provide Neonatal Resuscitation Practitioner Training and Nutrition Brestfeeding Practitioner Training for The Gambian health staff in Turkey for five days in 2014; a short-term training for 32 Gambian health staff in health management and planning, nursery, neonatology, radiology and various other specialties for doctors."
The release said both the Turkish and Gambian sides have expressed their contentment about the "Agreement between the government of the Republic of Turkey and the government of the Republic of The Gambia on Cooperation in the fields of Health and Medical Sciences" signed in February 11, 2014 in Ankara during the visit of the Gambian president H.E. Sheikh Prof. Alhaji Dr. Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh.
"In line with the cooperation in the field of health between Turkey and The Gambia, every year 25 Gambian patients will be flown to Turkey for the treatment of their illness at leading Turkish hospitals and all expenses will be covered by the Turkish side," it concluded.