By Amin Kef Sesay
In a bid to accomplish its corporate social responsibility, and to support the Government of Sierra Leone in the preparedness against the coronavirus, Choithram Memorial Hospital on Monday 30th March, 2020, donated associated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. The donation took place at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation Conference Room, Youyi Building in Freetown.
Head of the ultra-modern Choithram Memorial Hospital in Sierra Leone, Harish Agnani, extended appreciation to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation for its robust actions in preventing the Coronavirus from entering the country, adding that the coronavirus is a deadly disease that has put the world on hold and presently it needs collective responsibility to curtail the entry and spread of the virus in the country.
He said that the donation is a small one, but underscored that Choithram has imported four ventilators with equipment, mobile X-Ray and Mammography, which will arrive in Sierra Leone soon and these will be installed stating they will definitely benefit Sierra Leoneans, adding that they are expecting experts to come and install them. He however pleaded with the Ministry, in the event that they are unable to get the experts to install them, to help with the installation.
Harish Agnani disclosed that they are donating 100 veronica buckets, 1,000 bars of soap, 48 Hand Sanitizers and 120 packets of tissues to the Ministry of Health, which will be added to the country’s preparedness for any outbreak of the coronavirus.
Gowrinath M. George, Medical Superintendent of Choithram Memorial Hospital, underscoring the importance of the machines that will arrive soon in the country, disclosed that they will not only benefit the Choithram hospital, but the country as a whole, adding that these machines after being installed, will enhance better health system in the country and serve as a viable and cost effective alternative to traveling abroad for treatment.
On his part, Minister of Health and Sanitation, Prof. Alpha Wurie, applauded Choithram for the donation, which he said is part of their corporate social responsibility and that these items will be distributed and used for the rightful purpose. He also added that this is not the very first time that Choithram has meaningfully contributed to the health sector in the country.
He further disclosed that in a day, the Ministry received two donations; one from Milla Group of Companies and Choithram Memorial Hospital, describing them as timely interventions.
Prof. Wurie also explained that the Government of Sierra Leone has imported 50 ventilators, which will soon arrive in the country in a bid to boost the country’s preparedness towards the coronavirus fight.
In another development, Choithram Memorial Hospital, on Tuesday 31st March 2020, donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Constituency 125 through the Honorable Member of Parliament, Hon. Alusine Kainde Alu-Conteh, in an event that took place at Kroo Town Road, Freetown in his Constituency.
20 Veronica buckets, 20 bowls to collect waste water, 20 Hand Sanitizers, 300 bars of 999 soap and 60 packets of tissues were part of the package donated.