By Kebba Jeffang
A grant contract signing ceremony between Westfield Clinic and the
government of Japan allows the clinic to receive Seventy Three
Thousand Three Hundred and Fourteen (73, 314) Euros as part of the
contract agreement for supplying medical equipment to the clinic.The event held on 10th March, 2015 at the clinic situated at
Westfield junction was presided over by Ms Akiko Takano, the first
Secretary at the Japanese Embassy in Dakar.
The Japanese government’s representative said her country intends
through this cooperation to help the clinic to adjust its equipment to
deal with common causes of illness and death.
She said the support is implemented within the framework of the
Japanese Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects,
which is designed to support community-based initiatives addressing
various development issues, mainly basic human needs.
Ms Tankano added, ‘the signed contract allows the Westfield Clinic to
receive 73,314 Euros assigned to the purchase of medical equipment,
including a hematology analyzer and electrolyte analyzer, a clinical
chemistry analyser, an ultrasound scanner, a microscope and a
She said good health is evidently one of the pillars of Human Security.
‘This project, would secure improved access to essential
non-communicable diseases diagnostics service, especially by enabling
a variety of blood tests, which would provide a timely and reliable
medical treatment. The completion of this project, would help the
clinic achieve its very important mission of relieving people’s
suffering,’ she said.
She described the relationship as a true symbol of friendship and
solidarity, which expresses Japanese people’s wish and would
contribute to the enhancement of the Gambian people’s welfare.
Speaking on behalf of the board of trustees of the Westfield Clinic,
the Chairman of the board Mr. Sheriff Tambedou described the agreement
as a major milestone in the history of the clinic for the fact that it
is the first of such nature with an external government. He said they
have been receiving calls from the society for a higher quality of
health care and the rising number of patients suffering from chronic
and non-communicable diseases. He added that they want to respond to
such issues to save lives and prevent premature deaths but since then
financial assistance has been the problem as the clinic is a charity
and depends on donations.
‘It was timely that we became aware of the existence of Japan’s Grant
Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project which supports local
non profit organisations to implement small scale projects that
directly benefit communities and contribute to the socio-economic
development of a country. We are happy that with this assistance we
can now improve on the routine access to diagonistic investigations
that can be done rapidly at the bedside or in the out patient clinic,’
said Mr Tambedou.
He disclosed that the fund will be used to buy medical equipment to
provide a range of tests to enable quick and easy on the spot testing
for diagnoses and monitoring of infections and non communicable
diseases. He said they also intend to buy a portable ultra-sound
scanner to improve the accuracy of diagnoses. The equipment that will
be purchased will help the staff to quickly assess sick patients,
improve the quality of emergency care offered to them and monitor
those non-communicable diseases better.
He concluded by assuring the partners that the equipment will be well cared for.
By Kebba Jeffang