EU Ambassador Hands Over New Ambulances, Pickup Trucks To GRCS

Mamos Media

By Cherno Omar Bobb

The European Union (EU) Ambassador to the Gambia and head of delegation last Thursday handed over and inaugurated two new ambulances, two pickup trucks, eight motor cycles and 60 bicycles to the Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS) at its headquarters in Kanifing. 

The project “Supporting and strengthening the Public Health and Socio-economic systems to reduce the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Gambia” dubbed ‘EU-Covid 19 Initiative Project’ donated the vehicles to the GRCS to support their response in Covid-19 operations.

Alasan Senghore, Secretary General of the GRCS said they are nowhere close to the finish line, adding they were in the most acute phase of the pandemic which will likely continue for many months to come, particularly in places not well covered by vaccines.

Mr Senghore advocated for equitable delivery and distribution of vaccines, saying it is the only way to solve the most pressing public health emergency of our time. 

Senghore further said that, they must ensure resources raised for Covid-19 also contribute to a recovery that is inclusive and helps the most at-risk people, so no one is left behind. 

Mr. Senghore thanked the government of the Gambia and all their partners for their support, saying EU has been and continues to be a reliable and supportive partner both in development and humanitarian areas.

Corrado Pampaloni, EU Ambassador to the  Gambia described Covid-19 as a long ongoing struggle for everyone while pointing out EU’s support to Gambia government since the pandemic hit the country.

He added that the new ambulances will not only have a paramount role in the continuous fight against Covid-19, but also for the upgrade of medical services in the country after the crisis.

He thanked all volunteers who worked tirelessly during the pandemic to reach communities, sometimes putting their own lives at risk. He encouraged those eligible to get vaccinated and continue to observe WHO guidelines.

COB/DAJ/07/06/21

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