President Adama Barrow Thursday handed the keys of 25 more ambulances to the Ministry of Health as part of his government’s Community Ambulance Service programme.
This is the second batch of 45 ambulances already in the country for distribution to host communities around the country to facilitate quick access to healthcare, especially in remote and rural parts of the country.
President Barrow launched the Community Ambulance Service initiative last month in response to demands for ambulances from several communities around the country. A total of 80 ambulances were procured by The Gambia government through the United Nations Office (UNOPS), leaving only 35 more expected to arrive in the country later this month.
President Barrow said it is his duty as an elected official to meet the demands of the people and the provision of the launching of the Community Ambulance Service is one of them. He said the ambulances would help people, especially women, rapidly growing access to hospitals and other healthcare facilities, noting that the ambulances would be delivered to the respective host communities as promised during the Meet the People Tour.
President Barrow commended the Ministry of Health and UNOPS for the procurement and timely delivery of the vehicles in the country.
President Barrow also donated a coaster bus to the State Enroll Nurses School in Bansang and two minibuses to the Community Health Nurses School in Mansakonko. He called on the students to work hard to become true professionals and contribute positively to the development of the country.
During the recently completed Meet The People Tour, both schools requested buses from the President to assist with transportation while laying the foundation for the schools' development.
President Barrow expressed his delight at reacting quickly to their request, stressing that growing capacity demands the creation of an enabling environment, which is why he donated the vehicles.