Jul 17, 2012, 1:17 PM
As part of its drive to assist and render services to Brufut and surrounding through funds raised from its annual marathon run, the Brufut Marathon Committee has once again extended its benevolent gesture to the Brufut community.
Having made it a priority to support health and education, the committee over the weekend handed over an amount of D5, 000 as fuel coupons to facilitate the operation of an ambulance donated to the clinic by friends of the community a few years ago to complement government's efforts in health care delivery.
Ba Jabbi, chairman of the Brufut Marathon Committee, said, "Looking at the number of referrals at the clinic, we thought it is wise to make the ambulance operational and help sustain its maintenance and operation as one ambulance cannot do it alone".
He said the committee has not only given much support to the clinic but succeeded in making the young people of Brufut get more involved in health care delivery.
In the educational aspect, the BMRA boss said the organisation has sponsored four students attending Scan Aid Senior Secondary School and three from Brufut Upper Basic School. "The Sponsorship covers their entire schooling career. This is because we want to make education assessable to all students from the area," he pointed out.
He said they are also working on sponsoring three other cases.
Alhagie Sankareh, senior administrative officer of the Regional Health Team at Western Region, who also spoke at the handing over at the Brufut clinic, said health is a very expensive commodity and should be everyone's business which is why government alone cannot do it. This, he said, is why assistance is needed in complementing government's efforts.
"The problems encountered in referral systems will soon become a thing of the past as government is working very hard to curb this problem as one of its objective is to ensure that health services reaches higher heights," he said.
He pointed out that the Clinic will continue to work with the young people of Brufut to ensure that their aims are realised.
Pierre Njie, state registered nurse of the Brufut Health Centre, said making the ambulance operational will help ease problems encountered in terms of referring patients to other hospitals.
Other organisations and individuals that contributed and pledged to continuously support this initiative included, Ajusco Family, Lucky Sisters, Brufut Youths and Sports Committee, Alkalo of Brufut, Mary Joof and Pa Boy making the total amount donated D7, 450.00.