By Moses Emmanuel Mendy
Bansang Hospital and Foni Agency for Rural Development (FARD) on Tuesday 17th October 2020, received a Coronavirus relief package from ADx Foundation, the package that consist of medical equipment was handed over by The Gambia Red Cross Society on behalf of ADx. Foundation, the handing over took place at the Red Cross office, Westfield.
The equipment are ; Healgen AB rapid test kits, Humaisis AB rapid test kits, NewGene rapid test kits, Bi-flow Oxygen mask, Oximeters, large and medium gloves, Pediatric Oxygen masks, Chin non-rebreather masks, Oxygen masks, Pap smear kits and Lovenox. Alhasan Senghore Secretary General of the Red Cross Society says this equipment are “important in terms of dealing with the pandemic” and they are “cost effective and time for getting the test done is shorter.”
The beneficiaries to the Covid-19 relief package are; Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital, Bwiam Hospital (via FARD), Bansang Hospital, Farafenni Hospital and Kaur Hospital however only Bansang Hospital and FARD were available at the time of the coverage.
Former Chief of Defense Staff and Chairperson of Foni Agency for Rural Development, Lang Tombong Tamba says the equipment will be delivered to Bwiam Hospital where it is going to benefit everyone including people beyond Foni, “Certainly it will be beneficial to the communities not only from Foni but Bwiam General Hospital attends to patients from the neighboring Cassamance and the whole of Foni” he said.
He further stated that even people from Kiang and Badibu comes for treatment at Bwiam Hospital therefore the equipment is beneficial to everyone. He extended gratitude to the donors and said “If all those in position to help will follow the footstep of this NGO I think humanity is bound benefit greatly.”
Burama Badjie, Administrator of Bansang Hospital said the relief package mean a lot the hospital because “ it will help improve on services, especially when there are lots of patients on oxygen at the same time”. He hope the package will benefit the entire area population of the hospital as they strive to overcome the Coronavirus. #
He emphasized that “the oxygen mask will provide high flow oxygen, to Covid-19 patients when ever they need it.” “I think this relief pack will go a long way in complementing the efforts to better health service
delivery. Health is everyone’s business. Investing on health means one is contributing to National deployment. I thing ADx Foundation is greatly contributing to National Development. I will Encourage them not to relent” he concluded.
Adx Foundation is a Gambian orchestrated Non-Governmental Organization registered in the United States of America that is looking forward to act as a Community Based Organization (CBO) offering Laboratory Services, Health Care Training Services and a Drugstore for Wellness. The mission of the organization is to effect quality laboratory test and diagnostic to Gambian physicians and patients with fast, accurate, reasonably affordable priced testing services and provide blood supplies to accommodate patients who need blood.