By Nelson Manneh
The Health Minister Dr. Ahmadou Lamin Samateh on Friday 6th February 2020 informed the National Assembly Select Committee on Health that UNICEF has donated equipment worth D25 Million to them.
The materials donated includes bed screens, curettes uterine, digital thermometers, obstetric surgical kits, oxygen concentrator, prongs nasal oxygen for adults and children, pulse oximeter, pump suction foot-operated, resuscitator hand operator for child and neonate, scale body electronics, sphygmomanometer for children, surgical instrument curettage vacuum extractor, bird, manual, compel, suction pump electric portable with accessories among others.
Minister Samateh said this donation came after his engagement with UNICEF on the kind of assistance the Ministry needs.
“In one of our engagements with the UNICEF, I told them that we don’t only have to be training our officers but we also have to equip them with the necessary materials they may need in the course of doing their work,” he said.
The Minister of Health said after their engagement with UNICEF they then receive this equipment, adding that the equipment will be distributed to all the health facilities in the country and will assist the officers in carring out their functions.
Hon. Ousman Sillah the Chairperson of the National Assembly Select Committee on Health said the donation is timely and the partners need to be commended for their generosity.
“This shows how your Ministry has concerns when it comes to health, I am sure with these materials, it will minimize referrals of patients to the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital as some of the equipment is mobile,” he said.
He commended UNICEF for the great gesture they have given to the Ministry of Health and urged the Ministry through the Minister of Health to make good use of the materials.