Gambian United Society based in the United Kingdom, in collaboration with the Association of Youths against Malaria (TAYAM) last week distributed 4,200 nets to seventeen villages within the Lower River Region.
The distribution covered children under five years, pregnant women and vulnerable groups.
In an exclusive interview on health matters, the spokesman of the Gambian United Society, Saikou Jaiteh, said their society is being supported by the Against-malaria foundation (AMF), an organisation based in UK and headed by Robmatter.
He said that they have forged a very good partnership with AMF.
Mr Jaiteh said they have been in contact with the National Malaria Control Program to set up the initiatives and when the nets were secured by the society NMCP suggested TAYAM to be their partners in the distribution noting that TAYAM has distributed the nets to the intended target groups.
He described the four-day exercise as very impressive. He added that the United Society has been in existence for the past 10 years but it has not been active until the past three years, noting that it is a charitable organisation which serves as an umbrella body for Gambians in UK.
Mr Jaiteh noted that the Society has also been in contact with Gambians in Spain, France, Norway among others with a view to support Gambian homes in all areas of development.
Speaking earlier Pa Yusupha Sowe, TAYAM Project manager responsible for Kiang, during the net distribution said the turnout during the exercise was very impressive. He commended Gambian United Society for their contribution towards the fight against malaria in the country.
For his part Buba Jagne, TAYAM Project manager responsible for the Jarras, also called on the communities to make best use of the nets supplied to them.
Mr Jagne thanked the Gambian United Society for their support.
Kaddy Saidy of Soma, New Town, said the nets distributed will prevent her from getting malaria and malaria related diseases.
Fatou Darboe of Jarra Bureng, a pregnant mother, said the long lasting nets will greatly assist her to sleep comfortably with her family. She seized the opportunity to thank Gambian United Society and TAYAM for their support.
Tida Federa of Kiang Jattaba said the distribution of the nets was timely in the region, especially children under five and pregnant women.