The Sierra Leone Bottling Company Limited (SLBC) a subsidiary of the Coca Cola Africa Foundation yesterday donated a 40 ft container of medical supply worth USD$200,000 (two hundred thousand dollars) to the Kingharman Road Hospital at Brookfields in Freetown.
The donation came as the result of a needs assessment conducted by the Sierra Leone Bottling Company in fulfillment of their corporate social responsibilities to the communities in their operational areas and Kingharman Road hospital was carefully selected for the donation according to their specific needs.
Regional General Manager of Sierra Leone Bottling Company and the Liberia Coca Cola Bottling Company Rocky Findley said, the donation is a unique offering, efforts and time in making selections that were relevant to the hospital as most of the medical supply are considered vital not only for the hospital but to the community at large.
He said the Coca Cola system is always committed to enhancing the lives of the people of Sierra Leone and creating moments of optimism, “strive to improve the lives of our customers and consumers.”
“Just as we demand quality beverage output from our manufacturing points, so do we endeavour to ensure that our customers and consumers are well free of common diseases and complications thereby empowering them to look forward to another day of opportunity with optimism and good health” The Director said.
A healthy local population he said is a pre-requisite for a healthy economy as well as sustaining the poverty reduction strategy for Sierra Leone.
In retrospect he made reference to the Coca Cola foundation support in 2006 which single handedly constructed peace huts, for youths at Waterloo, donation of USD$10,000 to Sierra Leone Adult Education for the fight against HIV and Aids and the donation of a container of medical supplies to the Connaught Hospital.
He added that within walking distance of the Bottling Plant Facility the company constructed a three class room building for the EB Williams Municipal School at Jomo Kenyatta Road supported by the Coca Cola Africa Foundation.
Coca Cola Africa Foundation Director Philip Ayivor also said that it is worth noting that this particular donation will require accountability in the way and manner in which this equipment are disbursed, used and deliver results to the general public, and will determine the future donation of such magnitude.
He expressed hope that the supplies and equipment will be used prudently especially at a time when the provision of Health Care is of paramount importance to the government and people of Sierra Leone remembering that poverty, malnutrition and disease are an abomination.
Receiving the donation the Minister of State for Health and Sanitation Hon. Tamba Borbor Sawyer expressed profound gratitude to the Sierra Leone Bottling Company for the timely donation of the medical supply to the Kingharman Road Government Hospital. He assured the company that the donation will be used for its intended purpose.
Hon. Julius Nye Cuffie also commended the company for the donation and mention of plans to construct a market for the Dworzark community by the Sierra Leone Bottling Company as part of their corporate social responsibility to the host community.
The Medical Superintendent Kingharman Road hospital Dr. Alex Kanu expressed thanks and appreciation to the Sierra Leone Bottling Company for the donation and promised to ensure that the donation will be judiciously utilized.
By Saidu Bah