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Trust Bank Donates D150,000 to Banjul Surgical Scientific Conference

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Presentation of the cheque at the Trust Bank’s Office

By Ramatoulie Jawo 

Trust Bank donated one hundred and fifty thousand dalasis (D150,000) to the Organizing Committee of the Banjul International Surgical Scientific Conference on Friday, May 17th, 2024.

The Banjul International Surgical Scientific Conference is a premier event focused on showcasing surgical procedures and exchanging up-to-date knowledge in various surgical disciplines, including paediatric surgery, neurosurgery, general surgery, and plastic surgery.

This event is set to pave the way for future conferences. It is organized and hosted by the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital’s surgical department, in collaboration with the University of the Gambia and the postgraduate office in Banjul.

Speaking on behalf of Trust Bank, Head of Marketing Alex Gomez acknowledged the Ministry of Health’s exceptional efforts in the health sector. He also took the opportunity to reaffirm the bank’s commitment to partnering with the government and other stakeholders in key areas such as health, education, the environment, and sports.

“On behalf of the Board, Management, and staff of Trust Bank, I am happy to announce that the Bank has allocated D150,000 as our contribution towards the successful hosting of this very important two-day conference. At Trust Bank, we remain passionately committed to the promotion of good, and quality healthcare delivery as a prerequisite to national development,” he said. 

Dr. Abubakar Jah, Chairman of the Banjul International Surgical Scientific Conference Local Organizing Committee, emphasized the event’s significance. He noted that doctors need to continuously review and enhance their knowledge to improve patient care.

“This conference is a very important conference because, doctors need to continually review their knowledge, and improve their knowledge on how they treat their patients. Therefore, Gambian doctors should also be exposed to events like this and exchange experiences with other doctors from across the world,” he stated. 

Dr. Jah further elaborated on the conference’s benefits, including outreach programs where international experts bring equipment and perform surgeries that are otherwise unavailable in The Gambia, saving significant costs for the patients.

“During the conference, we also have what we call an outreach, we go to a few hospitals where we take our experts there. Because experts are coming from abroad and they are bringing their own equipment. We take our experts, and we do surgeries that could not be done in the Gambia. If we did not have these experts and the equipment they are bringing along with them, some of these surgeries that we do are thousands of dollars that are spent on them. If you were to go abroad to get them done, and we are able to do many of them during this conference,” he said. 

He added that the conference could significantly boost the country’s health system with proper support and acknowledged Trust Bank’s valuable contribution.

The second Banjul International Surgical Scientific Conference is scheduled to take place at the Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Center in Banjul from May 31 to June 1, 2024. It is organized by Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in partnership with the University of the Gambia and the postgraduate office in Banjul.

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