17 January 2013

Gambia: RFH, BHC Inaugurate New Training & Resource Centre

A new training and resource centre that was co-financed by Riders For Health (RFH) The Gambia and the British High Commission in Banjul was inaugurated Tuesday afternoon at the headquarters of RFH in Kanifing. The ccntre will serve as a place for the formal training of drivers, riders and technicians. It is also expected to serve as a documentation centre for road traffic matters.

Officially inaugurating the centre,the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Balla Garba Jahumpa hailed the collaboration between Riders for Health and the British High Commission, whichhe said has resulted in the successful construction of this facility.

The Health minister also extolled the longstanding partnership between his Ministry and the RFH, which he said has strengthened the health care service delivery in the country. He noted that the availability of this centre will ensure professional training for drivers and other officials.

Minister Jahumpa assured that his Ministry would work tirelessly to improve health care service delivery, particularly in reducing maternal and child mortality in The Gambia. Commending the British High Commission for co-financing the project, the minister spoke at length on the strides made in the sector under the leadership of President Jammeh.

The executive director of RFH, Barry Coleman, spoke about the operations of the RFH since its establishment in the country many years ago, noting thatthey now have well trained women technicians doing the service. He described the inauguration of the centre as another achievement for the RFH, while thanking the British High Commission for co-financing the project.

Representing the British high commissioner at the occasion, James Phillips an official from the high commission, dilated on the importance of the centre, noting that its operation will enhance safe driving. He finally lauded the partnership between the High Commission and the RFH.

The chief executive officer of Riders For Health, Anderea Coleman also spoke at the occasion.

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