Ghanaian Pharmaceutical Companies Support Sierra Leone Mudslide Victims
| Updated Aug 19, 2017 at 5:00am
Some Ghanaian Pharmaceutical companies and others have donated drugs and cash to support the victims in the recent mudslide in Sierra Leone, which claimed over 400 lives.
Tobinco Pharmaceutical donated assorted drugs valued at 50,000 dollars, whereas Letap Pharmaceuticals donated 35,000 Ghana cedis worth of drugs to provide medical assistance to the victims.
A producer of mining logistics, Minsol Limited, also donated clothes and a cheque for 5,000 dollars to support the victims.
Presenting the items on behalf of Tobinco in Accra on Friday, the General Manager of Marketing and Communications, Ben Kpabi Tetteh, said the move was in response to the humanitarian appeals made by Government to support Sierra Leone in her current situation.
He said Tobinco will continue to demonstrate high sense of humanitarianism as part of its efforts to ensure that people enjoyed the best of health to reduce mortality not only in Ghana but the neighbouring countries as well.
“We have our friends, brothers and sisters in Sierra Leone. We see this as a disaster, which has affected the sub-region. This gesture is, therefore, very urgent,” he added.
For his part, the Director of Operations of Letap pharmaceuticals, Benjamin Abanqua said the organisation deemed it necessary to support “our friends of Sierra Leone in this unfortunate incidence.”
He said Letap is conscious of what went on in Ghana and elsewhere and will stay committed to ensuring that people are safe in their endeavours.
Mr. Abanqua said the organisation considered the situation in Sierra Leone as an emergency, which calls for support adding; “Immediately we heard the call for help, we decided to package some of our quality drugs to add to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ efforts to assist Sierra Leone.”
The Finance and Administrative Executive of Minsol Limited, Agustine Nuamah, is of the view that, the unity among African countries could be deepened through humanitarianism and, as such, it was prudent for Ghana to assist Sierra Leone in this period of hardship.
“We believe that it was only good to express our support in this form,” he said, and commended the other organisations for their assistance.
The Chief Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Albert Yankey, who received the items on behalf of Government, commended the trio and called on other institutions to emulate their gesture.
“We all saw and heard the news about the disaster and it was only good for Ghana to demonstrate a sense of solidarity towards our friends in Sierra Leone,” he added.
The Sierra Leonean High Commissioner to Ghana, (Rtd) Chief Justice Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh, expressed his appreciation to the institutions for the support and said Ghana has remained committed to deepening the bilaterally relations between her and Sierra Leone.
“On behalf of President Ernest Bai Koroma, I want to thank you all for your help,” she said.