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US Donates Scanning Machine

Nov 28, 2008, 5:44 AM | Article By: Yai Dibba & Binta Fatty

The United States Ambassador to The Gambia, H.E Barry L. Wells, recently presided over the presentation of an ultrasound-scanning machine to The Gambia Family Planning Association (GFPA). The machine, according to officials, is worth $45,000 equivalent to D1,125,000 and was donated by the United States Government through the newly established Africa Command (AFRICAN) under the Department of Defence and Humanitarian Assistance programme.

Presenting the machine at the GFPA head office in Kanifing, Ambassador Wells said that the donation of the state-of-the art ultrasound-scanning machine indicates that the US government attaches great importance to the country's health sector.

"We certainly hope to continue our development assistance through the DHAP program and strongly advance sustainable health," he said. He hoped that the machine will boost the moral of the clinic thus contribute towards the development of the country.

For his part, Mr.Yankuba Dibba, Managing Director of GFPA, thanked the donors through the US embassy in Banjul for the humanitarian gesture. He assured the donors that the machine will be put to good use.