Liverpool and Senegalese talisman, Sadio Mane has commissioned a hospital he constructed in his home country, Senegal. The hospital is specifically located in Bambali, his native village.
The celebrated footballer took advantage of the international break to briefly hand over the facility estimated to cost a little over $600,000 to the government; the ceremony was graced by many Senegalese in full appreciation of his kind gesture.
Having informed the government of his decision to launch the facility, the Senegalese President, Macky Sall gave the footballer a warm reception. According to a statement by the Presidency, Mane who funded the project all by himself demanded that, the state support through the provision of medical staff.
“The footballer Sadio Mané was received this afternoon by the President @Macky_Sall.” The presidency confirmed on Twitter whilst other local reports revealed that the 2018/2019 African player of the year discussed the construction of a new stadium in Senegal coupled with preparation of the national team for international duty.
Sadio Mane who also blessed his people with a school explained in an earlier documentary his motivation to build the hospital for his people. According to him, situations surrounding the death of his beloved father back in the days and the condition under which his sister was born pushed him to strive and save the lives of others who are likely to fall, victim.
“Before he (his father) passed away, he had this kind of sickness for weeks…We brought him some traditional medicine and it kept him calm for three or four months. The sickness came back but this time the medicine didn’t work and because there was no hospital in Bambali they had to take him to the next village to see if they could save his life. But it was not the case.” The footballer said.
He added further that, “I remember my sister was also born at home because there is no hospital in our village. It was a really, really sad situation for everyone. I wanted to build one to give people hope.”
Prior to this project, the people of Bambali were forced to seek health needs in Ziguinchor. The new hospital has been tagged as a big relief to, not only the residents of Bambali but also its adjoining communities including Sédhiou.