Feb 9, 2010, 12:54 PM
The community of Badibou Saaba has commended Friends of Saaba in Holland for their generosity in strengthen health service delivery in the area.
The commendation was made recently during the presentation of an ambulance to boost referrals to the major health centre and AFPRC General Hospital in Farafenni.
The presentation ceremony was held in Saaba village in the Lower Badibou district of the North Bank Region.
Speaking on the occasion, Baba Janteh Singhateh, chairman of the Village Development Committee, applauded the donors for their generosity and foresight in strengthen healthcare service delivery, citing the construction of a health post and supplies of drugs for eight years.
He said the support greatly improved healthcare for the people of Saaba and surrounding villages.
Chief Fabala Kinteh of Lower Badibou commended the donor in complementing the government’s efforts in promoting healthcare service delivery.
He thanked President Yahya Jammeh for the foresight in providing healthcare to the doorsteps of the public, notingthat services provided by Cuban doctors in the past have enabled Friends of Saaba to consolidate the gains registered.
Sambou Nyimanding Gassama, public relations officer of Saaba Yiriwa Kafo in Kombo, noted that the partnership has brought improved health care delivery.
He called on beneficiary communities to maintain well the donated ambulance, and renewed the community’s support and cooperation in the upkeep of the ambulance.
Abdou Ceesay, Friends of Saaba national coordinator, expressed their commitment in complementing the government’s efforts in healthcare service delivery, citing annual drug supplies to the Saaba village health post.
He said their friends are committed to the development of the village, with particular emphasis on health care.
They are complementing efforts to improve the health status of the populace within the catchment area, Ceesay added.
Lamin MB Singhateh, representative of the alkalo, lauded the partners in transforming the lives of the community and its surrounding villages, adding that the drugs donated to the village health post have improved service delivery.
Mama Saho, a women’s leader, said the ambulance would ease the women and children’s mobility, and expressed their appreciation.
According to the women’s leader, the donated ambulance would alleviate the suffering of women in escorting patients to health facilities.
The presentation ceremony was graced by a cross section of the community and its environs in Lower Badibou district.
Foday Gassama, secretary to Saaba Village Development Committee, chaired the ceremony.