First Lady Leads Fact-finding Team of Medical Consultants To EFSTH

The First Lady of the Republic, Her Excellency, Fatoumatta Barrow on Monday joined a group of medical personnel and educationists from Delaware, U.S. at a needs assessment exercise at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul. The group of philanthropists, under the auspices of Delaware African Carribean Community (DACC), is in the country on the invitation of the Fatou Bah-Barrow Foundation (FaBB).

“The First Lady has a strong passion for health, which is why when she honoured the invitation of the DACC last year [to travel to the US], she made arrangements for such a partnership with the country’s main referral hospital,” Ms. Fatou Ceesay, CEO of the Foundation, said in a statement at the hospital.

The team, which comprised of medical specialists and health academics, is visiting to gather first-hand information to enable them to deliver the right form of assistance needed by the teaching hospital and the medical school of the University of The Gambia, which is housed on the same premises. According to officials, it would also inform the basis of a Memorandum of Understanding to be signed between the Delaware African Caribbean Community (DACC) and the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital.

The preliminary results from the fact-finding revealed inadequate supply of modern medical and clinical equipment, which according to the doctors on the ground hampers the efforts of domestic specialists at the hospital, leading to more overseas referrals.

Doctor Jallow was quick to add that despite the high cost attached to overseas treatment, the FaBB Foundation is quite supportive in financing the operations of a number of patients in Dakar, Senegal. ‘’These were all children with severe medical conditions and we are not equipped for such operations neither do we have such specialists here,” the doctor told the delegates about the interventions of the foundation.

At the Medical School of the University of The Gambia, the Provost, Prof. Ousman Nyan, explained that the school has helped increase medical graduates since its inception. However, they are also grappling with challenges, ranging from equipment, space, and training resources.

At the end of the tour, the group will come up with a report that will inform an intervention package from the Delaware African Caribbean Community to the Edward Francis Small Teaching hospital.

Amie Bojang-Sissoho

Director of Press & Public Relations

Office of the President


One Comment

  1. First Lady foundation should be banned because it is a bad idea to have such foundation in the country when the president is still in power . The fundamental question every single person is asking is the source of funding. The National Assembly should investigate the source of funding especially 33 millions Dalasis that was deposited into FABB . This will give accountability and transparency to the First Lady office as well as indicate that President Barrow is serious about fighting corruption. We all want this administration to succeed but we will not allow corrupt practice to prevail just like when Jammeh was in power. If the First Lady’s passion is healthcare then she needs to take that platform to National Assembly in order to advocate through policy in advancing healthcare system in the country. Those close to First Lady and President Barrow should avoid any repetition of past corrupt practice.

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