The Sierra Leone Bottling Company on behalf of the Coco–Cola Africa Foundation in partnership with Medshare yesterday Thursday May 11th at their Dwarzark office in Freetown, have donated two 4oft containers of medical supplies and equipments worth Four hundred thousand United States Dollars (US$ 400,000) to the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital and Connaught Hospital in Freetown to help boost the health delivery status of the country.
The Country Director of the Sierra Leone Bottling Company Mr. Israel Okujagu during the ceremony said that the donations are part of the Coco-Cola Africa Foundation’s ShareHope Program that is set specifically to impact positively in the various communities that they are operating. He went on to say that the donations are unique in the sense that personnel in the health sectors carefully selected the supplies and equipment to meet the most urgent needs of the two hospitals in Freetown. Mr. Israel Okujagu assured that the Coco –Cola Africa Foundation is committed to improving the lives of people across the Africa Continent especially through the provision of and access to safe water facility, strengthening the health systems and empowerment of youth and women in the various communities the company is operating.
He added that they are very pleased to donate to the country’s health sector and he vouched that the Sierra Leone Bottling Company will do more in assisting the government of Sierra Leone in the Post Ebola Recovery drive of the country and he beg the government of Sierra Leone to create more convivial atmosphere that people doing business in the country would benefit.
Mr. Israel Okujagu in his closing remarks respectfully urged staff of the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital and Connaught Hospital to take good care of the donated medical supplies and equipments so that it will reach the actual beneficiaries of the country.
The Deputy Minister of Health one (1) Madam Madina Rahman on behalf of the Government of Sierra Leone while receiving the two 40 ft containers of medical supplies and equipments did call on the matrons of the two hospitals, Princess Christian Maternity Hospital and Connaught Hospital to take ownership of the medical facilities and make sure that the donations are well utilized in the country. Madam Rahman disclosed that the two medical hospitals were selected for the donations based upon the request made by the Director of the Sierra Leone Bottling Company Mr. Israel Okujagu. Madam Madina Rahman added that Mr. Israel Okujagu on behalf of the company gave them the opportunity to choose the various set of medical supplies and equipments for the donations. She went on to say that when the Ebola Epidemic hit on the country, the Sierra Leone Bottling Company helped immensely in providing health care facilities to the health delivery team in the country. She thanked the management of the Sierra Leone Bottling Company for meeting their cooperate Social Responsibility and asked them to continue as the government is looking forward to receive similar donations and she asked the matrons present to take note on how the medical facilities are utilized to ensure that they are not sold out to beneficiaries.
The Mayor of the Freetown Municipality Franklyn Bodi Gibson who handed over the medical supplies and equipment to the Deputy Minister of Health one (1) Madam Madina Rahman on behalf of the government of Sierra Leone during the ceremony stated that the two 40ft containers of medical supplies and equipment will contribute immensely to the wealth of Sierra Leonean because health is wealth. He agreed with the Deputy Minister of Health one (1) Madam Madina Rahman that certainly the Sierra Leone Bottling Company has fulfilled their Cooperate Social Responsibility. He went on to say that this is not the first time that the company is contributing to the people of Sierra Leone and he disclosed that the Sierra Leone Bottling Company through their mandates in fulfilling their Cooperate Social Responsibility has constructed a market and school for the residents of Dwarzark and during the Ebola Epidemic they also contributed medical items to the health sectors of the country and also they donated food and other items worth millions of Leones to flood victims.
Representative from the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital Dr. Alimamy Koroma and Matron Isatu Kamara from the Connaught Hospital independently thanked the Sierra Leone Bottling Company for the donations and vouched that the donations will be well utilized.
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