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Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, Medshare support health sector

Nov 12, 2010, 11:37 AM | Article By: Lamin Darboe & A. Nyockeh

Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, in partnership with Medshare, on 10 November 2010 donated medical items in a 40ft container to the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital worth $200,000.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at the hospital ground in Banjul, a representative of Coca-Cola Foundation, Linda Larbi, said the donation was part of Coca- Cola Gambega's corporate social responsibility, as the company "is proud to support the country's health sector".

She said they would render more support to the RVTH in the near future. She highlighted the 'Live Positively' platform as the Coca-Cola system's commitment to making a lasting positive difference in the world.

"As a global business operating on a local scale, the Coca-Cola Company integrates sustainability into all aspects of our business," she said. "It is our commitment to make difference in the communities where our products are manufactured and sold. It is our commitment to live positively."

She revealed that Coca-Cola Gambega was delighted at donating medical items to the RVTH, saying the donated items would aid work at the hospital. 

Felix Gomez, a representative from Gambega Gambia Limited, said Coca-Cola Gambega company was founded in The Gambia in 1995 and "has contributed immensely" towards the development of the country, especially in agriculture, the health sector, music, culture, and sports.

He said he was optimistic that Coca-Cola Gambega would continue to render support to the health sector and other development projects in the country.

Receiving the donated items, the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr Abubacar Gaye, commended Coca-Cola Gambega for their laudable gesture. He added that the items would aid the hospital in its quest to delivering quality health services to the nation.

For his part, the public relations office of the RVTH, Baboucarr Ngum, thanked all those who attended the presentation ceremony. He also assured the donors that the items "will be put into good use".

The presentation ceremony was also attended by the PAC director of Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Alberto Capella, and representatives from various government institutions.