The United Nation Population fund (UNFPA) procured 20 motorcycles to support the government of the Gambia and other implementing partners to build the institutional capacities and enhance service deliveries especially at the regional level. UNFPA Resident Representative, Ms. Ade Manonyang Lekojt,
speaking on the occasion at the Serrekunda Hospital in Kanifing, manifested UNFPA's continued commitment to delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every child birth and every young person potential is fulfilled. She disclosed that the handing over of 20 motor bicycles and medical equipment are meant to support the delivery of quality services to the most important constituencies, women and youth.
She told the gathering that UNFPA has supported the Gambia towards achieving the country's development goals and the Program for the Accelerated Growth and Employment (PAGE) through the UN.
Finally, she expressed hope that the materials would be utilized in the interest of those in need. She enlightens custodians on the significance of these materials to the health delivery system.
For his part, the Minister for youths and sports, Alieu k. Jammeh, expressed gratitude for the 7 motorcycle out of the 20 donated to his Ministry. He recalled that his ministry has enjoyed benevolent support from UNFPA.
This, he went on, will add to the recent 15 computers distributed to the regional youth committees across the country .Minister Jammeh said this will enhance ease data collection and service delivery to the youths. He added this will enable ease access to meet their peers in remote villages to discuss issues directly.
He highlighted the importance of the maintenance of sexual and reproductive health care system on the youthful ages as a priority for the procurement.
He emphasized on the economic and health development as a state goal. He explained the need to have youth financial assistance in the country. He concluded that such an initiative will eradicate ill social vices mostly caused by youths Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Omar Sey, on his part expressed the cordial partnership his ministry is enjoying with UNFPA .
He also expressed optimism for more support from UNFPA. Minister Sey said the procurement of these materials will complement government's efforts for ease health care delivery services.
He noted that the importance of health care transport in the country cannot be over emphasised. He told delegates that this has coincided with the sending of 25 Gambian doctors across the country this week.
He elucidated on the basic necessities for pursing the achievement of maternal and child health care in the country The procured motorcycles are distributed as follows; seven (7) will go to the ministry of health and social welfare regional health and managements teams, seven (7) to the ministry of youths and sports regional youth committees , three(3) to the women's bureau and three to the Gambia family Planning Association.