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Taiwan donates over $90,000 for Haemodialysis upkeep

Mar 29, 2011, 2:48 PM | Article By: Nfamara Jawneh

Dr Richard Shih, the Taiwanese ambassador to The Gambia last Friday presented a cheque for US$94,971 nearly 2.6 million Dalasis to The Gambia.

The money is meant for the consumables of the haemodialyosis machines they donated to the RVTH some time ago.

The gesture, according to officials, was meant to complement government's efforts in their quest for quality health service delivery.

The Taiwanese envoy in presenting the cheque to the Secretary to the Cabinet Ebrima O. Camara, reaffirmed his country's commitment to working close with The Gambia. He expressed hope that the machines would continue to be of help to many Gambians.

Mr Alieu Njie, the deputy permanent secretary at the Office of the President, chaired the ceremony. He thanked Taiwan for their continued support to the country's socio-economic development, describing the gesture as a demonstration of the long existing ties between Banjul and Taipei.

He used the opportunity to thank the Taiwanese Government for their support to the development projects in the country. DPS Njie assured the donors that the money will be put into good use.

Mr Ebrima O. Camara, also applauded the Taiwanese Government for their continued support to The Gambia.

"On behalf of the Government and people of The Gambia, I have the honour again to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the Government and people of Taiwan for all the support they have been providing not only in the health sector but to other sectors like agriculture, education and even in infrastructure," he said.

The consumables that would be procured, according to the cabinet secretary, will go a long way in ensuring that the machine functions well, and its sustainability.