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A boat for a river ambulance service, manufactured by Fibre Glass Company based in Brikama, in the Western Division was presented to the vice president, Mrs Isatou Njie-Saidy at State House on Wednesday, January 16, 2002.
The boat was donated to the Essau health centre by the Dutch Foundation for the children of The Gambia to serve as a river ambulance. According to Mr Lamin Sarr, a representative of the Dutch Foundation for children in The Gambia, founded in 1995, they received a request from Essau for a river ambulance. ‘They gave us a specification of what they wanted and we took it to Mr Abdou Jawneh, (Construction Engineer of Fibre Glass) and manufactured it,”” noting that the manufacturers consequently completed work on the boat in due course and handed it over to them.
The sum of D126, 360.00 was spent on the boat. “”We’ve been shown statistics of deaths due to the fact that they couldn’t get to RVH on time, that’s why the ambulance is donated to Essau to be servicing between Barra and Banjul. The boat is faster than the ferry. It can take 5-10 minutes from Barra to Banjul,”” Mr Sarr noted.
Commenting on the good work of the manufactures of the boat, the vice president said Mr Abdou Jawneh, construction engineer of Fibre Glass was leading the way for other youths to follow. She urged Mr Jawneh to encourage other disable persons like him to take advantage of the skills in fibre glass production.
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