As part of the Community Development Action Plan and as a very strong part of their Corporate Social Responsibility and as operating company of HEINEKEN International, Sierra Leone Brewery Limited and HEINEKEN Africa Foundation on Friday hand-over the first instalment payment for the Expansion and Rehabilitation project of the Wellington Community Health Centre worth Le257 million which is part of the Le557 million project.
The programme was attended by the Community people, members of the Health Committee, the Member of Parliament Constituency 97, Councilors among others.
According to the Managing Director of SL Brewery, Willy Ngana, HEINEKEN Africa Foundation (HAF), one of the strategic arms of HEINEKEN International, supports local communities with identified needs in Africa with a focus on Water and Health in the communities where they operate, adding that this is not the first project supported by HEINEKEN Africa Foundation in Wellington as in 2011 Brewery provided a brand new ambulance, computer, maternity bed and other accessories for this same Hospital costing over Le331 million.
He disclosed that HEINEKEN Africa Foundation has also funded the Well Woman Clinic since 2010 and in 2013 they provided Ultra Sound prenatal equipment and the outreach PREPO project including an ambulance which now covers Bo, Makeni and Kenema.
The new project cost was over Le1.25 Billion in three years, stating that this is a manifestation that as partners for growth, Sierra Leone Brewery Limited has once again fulfilled its commitments to the community in which we operate our business
“At this time of the ravaging effects of this EBOLA scourge, and also in complementing the government’s effort in improving health care services in the country, we believe that this support is very timely in upgrading the medical facilities available in this community to cater for the sick and people who are in need of urgent medical attention. The focus of this six month project is to expand and rehabilitate this medical facility to include additional space for admission, surgery and even staff quarters” he recalled, explaining that It is with pleasure that he is handing over the first instalment of funds for the use of expanding and rehabilitating the Health Centre to the Management Committee through the District Medical Officer.
Receiving the cheque on behalf of the District Medical Officer and the Wellington Community health center, the District Health Sister, Christiana B. Marsallay, expressed thanks and appreciation to the Management and Staff of Brewery for their timely support to the health sector, as Brewery in their own wisdom noticed that the Health Center in Wellington is too small for the current population, adding that the expansion will lead to more people benefit from the facility.
She maintained that the Ambulance hat was given to the Health Center is playing a vital role at the East end of Freetown and Greater Freetown and urged the Health Committee members to make good use of the opportunity and to ensure the money is spent for the appropriate purpose, disclosing that they will be monitoring the project from time to time to ensure it is completed within the six months period stipulated in order to convince Brewery to fund the next phase of the project which has to do with the construction of a resident for the Doctor and Sister in the Health Center.
Monday September 15, 2014