By Kemeseng Sanneh (Kexx)
Sharab Hospital in collaboration with ‘Direct Aid’, a Charitable Organization, is expected to offer free surgical operations to forty patients, at their hospital in Kanifing. This offer according to the organisers, is in line with a surgical camp organised annually, by ‘Direct Aid’ Society, in collaboration with the said hospital.
Ansumana Kinteh, Information and Human Resource Manager and program coordinator for the charitable organisation, said the occasion was another milestone for Direct Aid to continue with one of their cardinal principles of supporting the health care system of the country, by sponsoring such initiatives
“Direct Aid is very much aware that such operations might be very expensive for some patients from a poor background. Hence our intervention is needed,” he said. He thanked the Government of the Gambia through the Ministries of Health and Local Government, for creating the conducive environment to enable them contribute their quota to the development and welfare of the people.
Mr Kinteh equally thanked the Sharab team through Dr Jah for their continuous support and collaboration.
“This goes to show that the more we collaborate, the more it will benefit our people,” he stated.
He said the free surgical camp will treat forty patients with various conditions ranging from lumps / bumps, to hernia and virology patients. He further informs that immediately after surgery, Direct Aid will again sponsor another camp with Sharab, and this time it will be for patients suffering from thyroid, vesico-vaginal fistula (VVF) and AV fistula ailments.
For his part, Bubacarr Gaye, the matron of Sharab hospital said the event is a glorious occasion and that Sharab is yet again able to conduct a surgical camp for forty patients in order to give them a better life.
He thanked Direct Aid for their generous contribution to this country, adding that after this one, a lot is being organised to treat more conditions which they appreciate.
“We are doing a wonderful job and we want the community to be involved and the patients who have been here. We appreciate your coming forward and we thank you for trusting your health issues with Sharab and the generous donation from Direct Aid,” he concluded.
Sulayman Mbye on behalf of the patients, thanked the Management of Sharab and Direct Aid for the humanitarian gesture. He said patients battling with different sicknesses appreciate the gesture, adding that many of them cannot afford the fees for their operations. He said he has been battling with the sickness and has gone from one hospital to another because he cannot afford the operation cost until he was informed about the free treatment from Sharab.
The opening ceremony was graced by representatives from the Ministry of Health, NGOs, and the Media.
Direct Aid Society is a charitable organization that works on providing free medical treatment for patients in need and on Monday, 19th December 2022, commenced free surgery for people with various cases.