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Sierra Leone News: Bonthe marine ambulance up-and-running

Bonth Marine Ambulance

Bonthe Marine Ambulance

On 14th July 2016, a sea ambulance speedboat was commissioned for the Bonthe District. The $400,000 USD boat was purchased through the Reproductive Child Health Project funded by the World Bank. The boat was meant to fast track emergency health services for pregnant and lactating mothers and children younger than five. It was to act as an emergency vehicle to the residents of the islands of Bonthe District.
Training of ambulance boat staff began and almost immediately the speedboat suffered a massive malfunction. The boat was shipped to Freetown and repaired at the Sierra Leone Marine administration. It sat “under repair” in Freetown for almost six months.
The Infinity Information Communication Technology and General Merchandise (ICT), is a registered business at 1 Old Railway Line, Brookfield’s Freetown supplied the ambulance speed boat and was to conduct training on the use of the boat.
The Mayor of Bonthe, Leime Joe Sandi, said, “The sea ambulance was for the Bonthe District Health Management Team from the Integrated Projects Administrative Unit (IPAU), Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. The boat is now up and running and therefore sea worthy. The sea ambulance is for Bonthe District and it should remain in Bonthe.”
According to the trainer, Mike King, of Leoma Yacht, “The vessel is a modern high performance vessel, the operation and maintenance of which requires personnel that can read and write and keep accurate records. Anything less will result in a very expensive asset being destroyed or at the very least requiring costly maintenance and repair,” he warned.

By Amara Brima
Monday January 16, 2017

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