First Lady’s initiative heart patient returns


By Omar Bah

The Operation Save the Children Foundation (OSCF) Wednesday welcomed back another successfully operated heart patient from Israel.

The latest arrival Mohammed Sillameh was greeted at the Banjul International Airport by the executive director OSCF Fatou Mass Jobe and his parents among other government dignitaries.
The young boy was among many others sponsored by the foundation to receive treatment abroad.
The sponsorship includes cost of treatment, travel for patients and escorts, lodging, feeding and cost of travel for the escorting nurse.

The First Lady Madam Zineb Yahya Jammeh and Chairperson Operation Save the Children Foundation (OSCF) founded and launched foundation with the strategic objective of completing the efforts of government.
The foundation in achieving its strategic objective is focusing on three (3) program areas, namely, Child Protection, Health Series-Prevention and Care and Education, with emphasis on children with special needs.
Speaking to journalists at the Airport Fatou Mass Jobe said the initiative has already financed overseas treatment for seven kids suffering from congenital heart disease and five of those kids have all returned this month successfully treated.

“This two year-old was born with the complication and according to medical reports emanating from the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) over one hundred Gambian children are suffering from the disease,” she said.

She further stated that her foundation, through the dynamic leadership of her Excellency has already set the ball rolling by training two doctors in cardiology for pediatric in Israel, adding they are also in partnership with a hospital in Israel to send another two doctors to be trained on cardiology.

She added: “We have also sent the CV of two Anesthesiologists of the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) to Israel and the nurse who escorted the kids is also going to be trained in pediatric. We also looking out to partners for us to also have a visiting specialized doctors in this field, because we believe we can do better.”

Also speaking to journalists at the Airport, the permanent secretary ministry of health, Saffie Lowe Ceesay said her ministry is delighted to be with such initiative. She said the First Lady has been very instrumental in the country’s health sector, saying operation save the children is doing well.

Landing Camara, a Matron at the EFSTH said 2 year-old Mohammed Sillameh was diagnosed with vertricular septal cycle effect which in some circumstances will not need surgery but for Mohammed Sillameh’s case it needed surgical operation because the hole was so big.

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