By Adama Tine
The School of Medicine, Arts and Sciences of the University of The Gambia on Wednesday took delivery of 25 multi-purpose laboratory microscopes through the Gunjur Project Association, with funding from the John Moor University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom.
The items are meant to augment the capacity of the university, thereby reducing the hardships the students and lecturers faced in the past few years.
At the handing over ceremony held at the University of the Gambia, Professor Pierre Gomez, acting deputy Vice Chancellor, said due to the donation, UTG would for the first time be using its own resources to develop its Physics, Chemistry and Biology labs.
“The procurement and science lecturers are working on the finalisation of the second phase of materials worth about six million dalasis,” Prof. Gomez stated.
He explained that about D12 million would be invested in the Physical and Natural Sciences Labs, citing challenges both students and lecturers faced in the past.
The UTG VC indicated that the university is also investing in the School of Medicines and that plans are in the offing for the construction of a building that would house the new programmes, geared towards the development of the sciences in the country.
Professor Ramatoulie Njie, Acting Provost, School of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, said practicing modern medicine and sciences require needful tools such as microscopes and other equipment.
“Through cooperation with the Islamic Development Bank, a multi-purpose science lab was established with support of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) that was tasked with the supply,” she said.
She explained that with the donation, more students would have access to the much-needed equipment not for only the basic sciences, but in the lab medicines, microbiology, hematology and all laboratory medicine modules.