Although Ebola has been defeated in affected countries, the Gambia who has remained free of the virus continues to build her defence systems.
On Thursday, the minister of Health and Social Welfare, Omar Sey, received a donation from the Gambia offices of the international NGO, Concern Universal.
The Ebola kits, which include 5 personal protective equipment and forty-nine hygiene kits, are to help the country prepare better against Ebola.
The country director of Concern Universal, Tony Jansen, who presented the items at a ceremony held at Central Medical Store in Kotu, said this was one of the many support his office had offered to the country’s anti Ebola campaign.
In a separate development, a group of volunteers from Denmark, Ms Yvonne Blair, has also donated twenty boxes of medical equipment and eighteen boxes of clothing for Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital and Serrekunda General Hospital each.
“Yvonne Blair was in the country in July 2014 and visited both Banjul and Serrekunda hospitals and saw that the two hospitals are in need of help,” said Pastor Sahr James of Edwards Francis Small Chapel church, who delivered the items to the ministry.
He explained further: “Upon her return, she consulted her partners in Germany and they were able to send the items, which were channeled through the Office of the First Lady for clearance.”
Babanding Sabally, director of Pharmaceutical Services, of the Ventral Medical store in Kotu, underscored the significance of the gesture.
He said health dispensation is expensive; that government alone cannot do it.
In receiving the items, Health and Social Welfare Minister Omar Sey thanked the donors for their support.
CCM gets new leadership
Mr Lamin Camara, the deputy permanent secretary, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs is the new chairman of the Country Coordinating Mechanism of the Global Fund (CCM).
Camara and his vice chairman, Mustapha Kebbeh, were elected on Thursday by members of the CCM at an event held at Paradise Suites Hotel, replacing outgoing chairman and vice chair in Mr Madi Jobateh and Mrs Ramatoulie Jawara Ceesay who two-year tenure has expired.
The new CCM leadership has assured to mobilize the resources for the efficient running of the body, expressing hope that the project will continue to benefit Gambians.
The outgoing chairman, Mr Madi Jobateh, said CCM is on firm grounds. “We are far advanced in the new funding model and with the new leadership, I am confident that the CCM will even grow form strength to strength.
“In that regard, I wish to call all CCM members to continue to give their undiluted support and cooperation to the new leadership. I wish to encourage the new chair to have an open mind, and to create the space for all views to be expressed and to ensure that all times the best interest of the country is promoted and protected.”
Am strictly in for Business: New CCM Chair
The newly elected Chair of the Country Coordinating Mechanism of the global fund (CCM), which aimed at fighting Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, said his leadership will not be an easy one as he is it for business.
Speaking to the press at the Paradise Suits Hotel on Thursday, he was very clear saying though there will not be any fight but he and his team must work the extra mile to achieve their aims.
“We come with an aim and that aim must be achieved through hard work. We look towards achieving the Global Fund target in Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria. My strategy is promoting team work transparence and accountability but the people I will lead must work hard to help move the CCM to another level,” he firmly stated.
He continue to say that he and his team will pick it up from where the outgoing Chair and his team left and hope with sprit and determination of the staff, the goals will be achieved.
“The project that has been coming for quite a long time was a project that we shall do for the Gambian people to benefit. We should be able to take CCM to the level interims of resources mobilization. We are ready to do that and we will continue to do that he added.”
For Camara, the commitment of government interims of resources should come first, assuring that he is ready to support the CCM as a chair. The institution he said cannot go anywhere if there is no efficiency administration in terms of logical supports, which he promised to work on as a chair.
“My intervention as a Chair would not just stop at Global Fund as I have a background in terms of resources mobilization for this country and I will be more than ready to strengthen for the development of CCM and other sectors related to it,” he said.
Mr. Madi Jobarteh, the outgoing Chair, reminded members that the responsibility is to ensure that there is an efficient and effective CCM that is seen to be executing its function with professionalism. He went on to say we must all be ready and willing to attain meetings on time and at all times to ensure not just efficiency and effectiveness, but also legitimacy and legality of the decisions, process and actions that will be taken in due course.
“The role and functions of the CCM and its members, one cannot lose sight of the crucial participation and involvement of the government in CCM and global fund affairs,” he said.
By Ngetcell in Banjul for Gambian Talents Health Column