(JollofNews) – UK Jarra Association, a registered charity in UK and the Gambia is partnering with FAR Limited – an Australian Oil Exploration Company to renovate, expand and equip the labour ward of Soma Regional Hospital in Lower River Region (LRR) of the Gambia.

The new six bedded expansion will combine technology, space, hygiene and a calming environment for delivery and will be the jewel in the crown of LRR.

The modernisation and expansion project will transform the maternity care at the Soma Regional Hospital – which is the main referral hospital for the whole of LRR. Whereas FAR Ltd shall be responsible for funding the expansion and renovation work, UK Jarra Association will provide all the necessary medical equipment and supplies needed.

Staff, mothers to be and new born babies will all benefit from the latest state-of-the-art maternity facility which will take six months to complete. An estimated 1,450 babies are delivered at the unit each year i.e. over 100 babies every month.

This is an important initiative by UK Jarra Association, which falls under its Health for Jarra project. FAR Ltd’s involvement and contribution will undoubtedly contribute towards the strategic national health development goals by providing quality health care delivery service for the women of Jarra.

The new facility will have a nurse station, two toilets with showers, a changing room for the nurses and six delivery beds with privacy cubicles and hand wash basin/sink. The project will also provide the following state of the art essential equipment to the new ward: six delivery beds, two radiant baby warmers, two oxygen concentrators, two electronic suction machines, one cardio Toco graphic machine, one scanning machine with accessories, one drug storage refrigerator, surgical instruments, anesthetic machines, operation lamp, blood pressure machines, baby weighing scales and a stretcher amongst many other items.

UKJA would like to thank FAR Ltd who has a strong track record of sponsoring and implementing local initiatives where they operate and for putting women’s health at the heart of its corporate social responsibility.