Over one hundred and eleven women, who were being treated for infertility at the President's home village of Kanilai for the past one week, have now been discharged. The group was released at an emotional but brief ceremony Friday afternoon.
Their treatment has ended on a positive note. The success they hope to make of it would soon be a point of focus for many within their family units and even those outside it. They would remain in the records of the treatment programme as the 7th batch, numbering one hundred and eleven women, with each name boldly written with a space of a new birth to fill in 9 months or more to come. But it is at least important for them to show that their trip to Kanilai was not a waste. Now they are being told that the President's Alternative Treatment Programme would manage their cases up to delivery provided that they kept the staff informed of their conditions.
Ansumana Jammeh who stood in for the President also gave them detail instructions on the uses of the herbal dosage which they were to take home. He dwelled largely on the sophistication of the medicine, its importance and sensitivity. "This is no ordinary medication", he told the women, and it deserves utmost care and protection from everything else except themselves.
It was finally being said that their treatment is complete and they were to return home with the same humility with which they entered the treatment programme. Their expectations are now heightened by the mere notice of the significant changes in their outlook and instinct. The acquaintances they have made, especially their encounter with the Gambian leader has indeed made their departure very difficult and emotional. The experience, they say, will remain with them for a long time to come. In his absence, they extol his efforts and investment in this life-saving project.
The final moments at the reservoir where they were confined for the past one week, is testimony to the effectiveness of the humanitarian service being rendered by the Gambian leader. They were transported, accommodated and treated free of charge at the President's residence in Kanilai. That treat is by no means small and is unequal. And they left behind not only that dedicated team of nurses that took care of them but also that spectacular portrait of the President that stood to wave them good bye from the entrance of the place they called home during their stay in President Jammeh's birth place.
By Abdou Njie