Two provinces in Italy and the Sovereign Order of Malta have donated ambulances and handicap vehicles to Liberia

Wednesday, 22nd February 2012

Two provinces in Italy and the Sovereign Order of Malta have donated ambulances and handicap vehicles to Liberia to assist with the Country's emergency healthcare delivery system.

According to the Vice President Media Relations Office, the donations were made following an appeal by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai who is currently visiting Italy to deliver the keynote address as the 35th Session of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) which gets underway today in the Italian city of Rome.

The province of Livorno through Mr. Varo Macchi donated 8 ambulances and two handicap vehicles, while Mr. Roberto Schiavone, President of the International Cooperation for Humanitarian Assistance based in Salerno, donated two ambulances. The Sovereign order of Malta through its Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Mr. Pierluigi Nardis, also made an initial donation of one ambulance and pledged a 20 foot container of medical supplies and several farming equipment.

Receiving the donations, Vice President Boakai praised the people of Italy and Malta for their generosity and continued assistance to Liberia.  He said Liberiaís healthcare system is in a state of reconstruction and reaffirmed Governmentís commitment to improving Liberiaís health care delivery system. The Vice President called for technical support and vocational training to give Liberian youth the much needed skills to effectively participate in the task of nation building.

Speaking earlier when he and his delegation were welcomed to the province by the Governor of Salerno, VP Boakai said Liberians by the conduct of the second peaceful democratic elections have sent a clear message to the world that they are focused and determined to rebuild their country and expand on the gains made. He recalled the long standing ties between Italy and Liberia and encouraged Italian businesses and companies to invest in Liberia, a dispatch from Rome concluded.