Batavia gets $1.3M boat, engine to boost health services

The boat donated to Batavia
Housing and Water Minister Collin Croal officially handing over the keys to the boat and engine to Deputy Toshao of Batavia, Murphy Gomez

Housing and Water Minister Collin Croal on Friday handed over a $1.3 million boat and engine to Batavia, to boost health care delivery within the Region Seven Amerindian village.

The community also received a brush cutter to maintain recreational grounds and public compounds there, the Department of Public Information (DPI) said in a report.

The boat will be used to transport patients to the Bartica Hospital and for other medical purposes, while the brush cutter will be used to maintain the community ground and public spaces.

The boat donated to Batavia

Minister Croal told the residents at the handover that the initiative was a promise being kept to assist with transportation for the Health Centre.

He reminded the Village Council that the equipment needed to be properly managed to ensure every resident benefit from them.

“The intended purpose as I said is for health, so we are therefore reminded that the leaders of the community have a responsibility to ensure that the boat and engine is use for the purpose intended…I want to urge you to put systems in place for the safekeeping of the boat and proper management for the usage of these equipment.”

The brush cutter given to maintain grounds and public compounds in the community

The Minister also reminded the residents of the Government’s mandate to improve the lives of citizens, regardless of their location.