A Sierra Leonean scientist based in the United States of America, Dr Patrick Hassan Lukulay, would be donating US$500,000 worth of pharmaceutical consignments to the Sierra Leone Pharmacy Broad (SLPB) to combat counterfeit drugs.
Dr Lukulay disclosed that, “I work for Phizer a multi-billion dollar company based in the United States.”
He explained that this company was one of the leading pharmaceutical industries in the world, which deals with “drug discovery, research and distribution.”
Dr Lukulay pointed out that apart from discovery, research and distribution, “Phizer has a good record of philanthropy in Africa”.
It was because of this good track record, he explained, that prompted a Huston, Texas based organization-Save Life through Alternative Option (SLAO)- to solicit help for Sierra Leone.
He disclosed that the equipment that were about to be donated were to test drugs entering into Sierra Leone, adding that the SLPB lacked the capacity to examine drugs and as such drugs were sent to Ghana to be tested.
The donation, he noted, “is what is called sustainable development because Sierra Leoneans are going to be taught how to use these equipment”.