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Background: The British Ambassador to the Ivory Coast, Mr. Paul Holmer, handed over the keys of then Land Rover ambulances to M. Hippolyte Aye, the Ivorien Minister of Health and Population, at a ceremony at the Pharmaceutical Centre in Abidjan on Sunday (14 July). It is believed to be the largest aid contribution the Ivory Coast has ever received form Britain.
The total value of the ambulances has been put t 20 million c.f.a. (GBP34,340 sterling). The vehicles will be used by medical centres throughout the country. Before handing over the keys, Mr. Holmer said the alleviation of suffering and the protection of human life, were objectives to which nobody could be indifferent. "If these ambulances can save just one life in the Ivory Coast" said Mr. Homer, "then the British people will know that the gift has been worthwhile".
He went on to say he understood the medical authorities intended to assign the vehicles to various medical centres. They would be serving several regions of the country, so the people of the Ivory Coast would be conscious of the interest of the British People. The people in the country would also be made aware that the already excellent relations between the two countries, was becoming even closer and more friendly.
In his reply, M. Aye asked Mr. Holmer to express the gratitude of his country to the British Government and people, and he expressed the hope that this humanitarian gesture would stregthen the ties between the two countries.
SYNOPSIS: A gift of ten ambulances form the Untied Kingdom was accepted by the Minister of Health and Population of the Ivory Coast, Monsieur Hippolyte Aye, when he represented his Government at a ceremony at the Pharmaceutical Centre in Abidjan on Sunday. it is believed to be one of the largest gifts the Ivory Coast has ever received from Britain.
The British Ambassador, Mr. Paul Holmer, handed over the keys of the vehicles to Mr. Aye, and said that the alleviation of suffering and the protection of human life, were objectives to which nobody could be indifferent.
Mr. Holmer went on to say that if the ambulances could save just one life in the Ivory Coast, then the people of Britain would feel the gift had been worthwhile. He understood that the ambulances would be sent out to various medical centres throughout the country.
Mr. Holmer said the ambulances would be seen by people in various regions, and they would know that relations between their two countries were becoming even closer.