association in USA boosts health sector
Monday, March 23, 2015
The Minister of Health
and Social Welfare, Hon. Omar Sey Thursday received an assortment of medical
items from the Gambian-American Association based in the United States of
America, as part of their quota in contributing to the health sector in Ebola
presentation ceremony was witnessed by Hon. Seedy Njie and health services
personnel, and was held at the Kotu Medical Stores.
items was handed over to the minister for onward distribution to various
hospitals, health centres and clinics across the country.
at the presentation ceremony on behalf of the association, Musu Kebba
Jobe-Bojang, said GAA is dedicated to improving the life of members and the
communities they find themselves in.
added that in support of The Gambia and the great work performed by members
of the health sector, the GAA conducted a drive to collect medical supplies,
which was based on a list of supplies requested by the Edward Francis Small
Teaching Hospital in Banjul.
of the community donated many of this items, and a sister organization was
contacted from whom they received some materials of Ebola relief supplies.
GAA is delighted to hand over this item to the minister for onward
distribution to various health centrs, hospitals and clinics across the
country, she said.
may not be much, but it is a start in the initiative the GAA is taking to
help in the health sector. We have been providing help in the education
sector,” she added.
December, they donated school bags with supplies including uniforms to a
school in Bondali, and in February they gave monetary donation to the School
for the Blind through the global initiative for support of people with
disabilities, she continued.
GAA will continue to collect items of use for our hospitals and health
centres in The Gambia,” she further stated.
GAA would like to thank everyone who donated items, solicited items or
participated in the collection of items, she went on.
Jobe-Bojang commended the health minister for being supportive and for
receiving them, as well as the Gambian Embassy in Washington DC.
receiving the items on behalf of the Gambia government, Health minister Dr
Omar Sey thanked the Gambian leader “who is the brain and the champion behind
our success in the fight in Ebola prevention, who has done everything
possible to ensure that The Gambia is free-Ebola.”
he added, GAA bringing this donation of medical items for the people of The
Gambia is something that is worthy of commendation and emulation “by our
brothers and sisters living in the Diaspora.”
said the beauty of it is that it was all based on what they needed in The
Gambia, adding that in The Gambia the experts are very much particular about
health items donated to the country.
people donate items that are not fit for the Gambian people, and they send
them back, Minister Sey said.
for this donor, they were careful in selecting the items; therefore, on
behalf of the Gambia government and the people of The Gambia, the minister
assured the donors that the items would be properly used to the right
hospitals and health centres that need them most.
Seedy Njie also expressed similar sentiments, and commended the Gambian
Embassy in Wastington DC under Sheikh Omar Faye and Pierre Minteh for connecting
him with the Gambian-American Association through Musu Kebba Jobe-Bojang, who
is based in Maryland.
Musu Kebba Jobe from GAA handing over medical items to Health minister
witnessed by Hon. Seedy Njie