Gambia’s Youth & Sports minister Henry Gomez Monday visits the youth hospitalized at Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) in Banjul after their involvement in a car accident.
Minister Gomez conveyed President Barrow’s prayers for speedy recovery of the victims. He assured that government will do all that is necessary to save their lives.
The accident was happened Saturday at Kitty village injuring more than 30 youths when a vehicle ran into them.
Sources say the youth were celebrating the victory of President Barrow and the coalition when a Mercedes Benz taxi with BJL 9212 D from Brikama Nyambai tried to avoid a truck coming from Siffoe and ran on them and seriously injuring over 30 people.
But Police confirmed to local media that the vehicle ran into a jubilant crowd from a football game instead of election victory celebrants.
“The 30-year-old taxi driver lost control of the vehicle and ran into a crowd of football victory celebrants, causing serious injury to 30 persons. Four of the 30 injured were discharged from Brikama Health Centre since their injuries are minor. Another four are under observation at the health centre, and two were referred to Serekunda General Hospital. The remaining 20, reported to be in a critical condition, were admitted at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) in Banjul, where they are receiving medical treatment. The taxi driver is under police custody to help in their investigation” Police Public Relations Officer Inspector Foday Conta told local media.
Meanwhile, Minister Gomez was accompanied by the Executive Director of the Gambia National Youth Council (NYC) and General Manager of National Enterprise Development Initiative (NEDI).