May 30, 2013, 10:09 AM
Step Pharmacy and its sister company, Medicare Clinic on Tuesday donated a
consignment of medical items worth over six million dalasis to the Ministry of
Health in its bid to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic in
At a presentation held at Kotu Central Medical Store, Mahawa Njie, general manager Stop Step Pharmacy, said the pharmacy and its sister company deemed it necessary to complement government’s efforts by donating medical products to help contain the spread of the deadly virus.
Njie described the global pandemic as a serious threat, saying it has and continues to cause havoc not only in The Gambia, but across the globe.
Considering the rapid spread of the pandemic, Njie observed that the government alone cannot do it all, thus the need for partnership.
“To fight this deadly pandemic requires all hands on deck. Considering the danger and the negative impact caused by covid-19 is worrying and this was why Stop Step Pharmacy and Medicare Clinic decided to put resources together and provide medical products worth more than six million dalasis to the Ministry of Health,” he added.
He thus expressed optimism that the donation would go a long way in curbing the pandemic in the country.
Njie equally advised people, companies and philanthropists to emulate the donors by extending a helping hand to contain the spread of covid-19 in the country.
Presenting the items, Mr. Smart Ihekireh, administrator, Medicare Clinic, who represented the founder of Stop Step Pharmacy, expressed delight to be part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
He explained that as private sector stakeholders, they are ready to collaborate with the Ministry of Health; thus the donation to ease the difficulties faced by Gambians in these trying moments.
Musa Saine, logistic officer at the Ministry of Health, assured that the materials would be put to good use, further thanking the donors on behalf of the Ministry for the kind gesture.
The acting director of Health Services, Mustapha Bittaye, equally commended the donor for the move, calling on other institutions to emulate Stop Step Pharmacy and its sister partner.