By Alusine Sesay
An SSS4 pupil of the Benevolent Islamic Secondary School in Makeni has emerged as the star prize winner of the MALFAN essay competition organized by one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in Sierra Leone, Miral Health Care.
Yeabu Bangura emerged as the star prize winner among 213 secondary school pupils who participated in the competition with the topic: “My contribution to stopping malaria in my community”.
Ms. Bangura took home a laptop computer, while the second prize winner, Mohamed Loleh of the Sierra Leone Muslim Congress, Kissy Mess Mess in Freetown, took home an LCD TV. Abdul Aziz Bah of the Bilingual High School took home a digital camera as the third prize winner.
Three desktop computers were shared among the three winning schools, while one hundred and twelve (112) consolation prizes were presented to deserving students. Packages were also presented to all the 213 pupils who participated in the competition.
In her brief remarks after being announced as star prize winner, Ms. Bangura expressed thanks to God for triumphing in the competition, stating that she was at first unenthusiastic when asked by her teachers to participate in the MALFAN essay competition. “But I’m proud for emerging as the star prize winner,” she said.
Having spent only two years since launching its operations in the country, Miral Health Care is in its own little way contributing to the development of the country. Aside the essay competition, the pharmaceutical company has rendered free healthcare services to the aged in various communities across the Freetown municipality.
The focus of the essay competition, in which both tertiary students and secondary school pupils participated, was geared towards curbing malaria in the country.
“We are all gathered here to fight our common enemy which is malaria,” said Managing Director of Miral Health Care, Afam Okarfor. “Our mission is to provide affordable health care products and services to people in Africa. We have a value to contribute to the society in which we operate.”
Mr. Okarfor encouraged the competitors to be educating their friends and families about the danger of malaria.