Coca-Cola Commits US$ 200,000 To Fight Ebola
The Liberia Coca-Cola Bottling Company (LCCBC) together with its partner, Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company (ECCBC) on Wednesday presented a donation of assorted medical supplies valued at US$200,000.00 to the Ministry of Health to fight the deadly Ebola virus.
The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which included latex gloves, gowns, face shields, face masks and shoe covers amongst others, were requested by local hospitals, according to LCCBC’S Human Resource Manager, Attorney Gabriel A. Johnson who made the presentation on behalf of Mr. Seth Adu-Baah, Country Manager of the Coca-Cola Company in Liberia.
At a brief but impressive ceremony held at the Freeport of Monrovia marking the presentation of the equipment, Atty. Johnson asserted that after the delivery of the initial shipment of US$48,000.00 worth of medical supplies, the Coca-Cola Company was pleased to turn over additional medical equipment valued at US$200,000.00 to sustain the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.
The LCCBC’s Human Resource Manager disclosed that the amount was provided by the Company through its Africa Foundation to procure medical equipment and supplies to buttress efforts aimed at containing further outbreak of the deadly virus in Liberia.
In addition to the donations, the LCCBC has provided beverages, water, can soft drinks, juices, cash, buckets with faucets and chlorine in boosting the anti-Ebola crisis management effort.
“We are also working with local healthcare and relief workers to broadcast important messages about prevention and good health practices at home to contain the spread of the disease,” Atty. Johnson said.
“If someone feels unwell, it’s important to seek medical attention from trained health workers at clinics and hospitals rather than risking exposure to the family,” he warned.
Meanwhile, Atty. Johnson noted that the latest donation was in keeping with the Coca-Cola Company’s commitment to supporting communities in which the Company is doing business, adding that over the past 4-years, Coca-Cola Africa Foundation has donated over US$2 million worth of medical equipment to countries across Africa, including Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Gambia and many others.
Receiving the materials on behalf of the anti-Ebola National Taskforce, Mr. Saah N. Tow, a senior member of the logistic support services praised the Coca-Cola Company for its commitment to sustaining efforts in the anti-Ebola battle and assured the donor that the supplies would be used for the intended purpose, to defeat and eradicate Ebola from Liberia.