The First Lady, Her Excellency, Madam Fatou Bah-Barrow presided over the signing ceremony between her Foundation, FABB, and a Switzerland registered, Saudi Arabian medical NGO (Albalsam Cure and Care).

The ceremony followed an audience with the visiting delegation of the NGO at the State House, and a conducted tour of the facilities at selected hospitals in Banjul and Kanifing Municipality.

The groupโ€™s delegation is currently in the country on the invitation of the First Lady, who held talks with them during her visit to Saudi Arabia in November 2019.

โ€œWe are here to discuss ways to cooperate with the First Ladyโ€™s foundation for better improvement, support and care of babies and mothers,โ€ Dr. Emad A. Bukhari, the CEO of the NGO, said.

Due to the First Ladyโ€™s special interest in the health of these category of the population, especially pregnant mothers, FABB is proposing special health caravans to deliver voluntary services to remotest parts of the country.

โ€œFor now, special attention is given to deworming in new born babies and pregnant mothers. That is one area where the partners have good experience in,โ€ he added.

At the EF Small Teaching Hospital, the group handed over five boxes of highly specialised surgeon equipment to the hospital through the First Lady. These are used in operating on pregnant mothers, young babies and children.

In receiving the donated materials, Dr. Kebba Marenah, Orthopaedic Surgeon and Head of Surgery at the Hospital described the equipment as โ€œvery high quality, well-known brand surgical instrumentsโ€ which will be a good addition to the department.

โ€œWhenever we see the First Lady around, we know there is something good is store for us. These materials will be put into good use and we thank her for the endless support,โ€ Dr Manneh said.

Sanna Camara

Media Officer
Office of The President
Republic of The Gambia


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