Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015, 20:59 by GxMediaResidents of Kwakwani in need of emergency medical attention can be shuttled swiftly to the Linden Hospital now that the community has its own ambulance.
The mini-bus, which has been converted to an ambulance, was donated by the Kwakwani Natural Resources Organisation (KNRO) on Monday for use by the bauxite mining and logging dependent community. “The bus is really a makeshift ambulance. They had need for an ambulance to transport patients out from Kwakwani to Linden so we couldn’t get an ambulance but we got a bus,” she told Demerara Waves Online News (DemWaves).
KNRO Co-founder, Patricia Boyle said in honour of her organisation’s second anniversary the ambulance and a quantity of medical supplies were presented to the Kwakwani Hospital.
The total value of the bus and supplies is just under GUY$3 million.
The organisation raises its funds from the administrative processing of logs and lumber from lands allocated by the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC). “We identify the projects, we know how much it would cost and we know how much money we would need in tags and then the members of the organisation would work the tags and the money would go towards that project,” she said.
Kwakwani is located about 65 miles from Linden, the commercial and administrative capital of Region 10.