SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 By Alusine Sesay
As part of their contribution in complementing government’s effort towards containing the dreaded Ebola viral disease, the Sierra Leone Bottling Company (SLBC) yesterday donated personal protective equipments (PPEs) to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.
While presenting the donated items on behalf of the General Manager, Rebecca Priddy, who is the Finance Manager, said the donation formed part of a 40ft container of PPEs shipped into the country by the company to aid the fight against Ebola.
“Due to the urgent need for PPEs we decided to airfreight some of the consignment so that they can be used until the arrival of the main consignment,” Ms. Priddy disclosed.
According to her, the gesture is the fourth by the company which had also donated medical supplies to the country over the past six years. She said, however, that though they had no plans to make any more donations this year, they decided to answer to the call of the emergency by sending PPEs to the three major countries affected by Ebola.
“Coca-Cola believes firmly that we can only have a sustainable and successful business if the communities in which we operate are healthy and viable, both physically and economically,” she said.
The donated items include disposable gloves, overall gowns and respiratory masks that are mostly needed to fight the Ebola.
Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Madam Madina Rahman thanked the company for its gesture, noting that the fight against the disease requires the involvement of everyone to save the country from doom.