A Watford-based pharmaceutical has donated a huge amount of daily living aids to Ugandan hospitals.
Sigma Pharmaceuticals plc donated 52 pallets of stock in a 40ft container of daily living aids to a hospital based in a town called Lira, which is about a 212mile drive from Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. From Lira, the medical goods will be distributed to other needy hospitals in the area.
Sigma’s generous gesture is in response to an appeal put forth by charitable organisation, Medaid United Kingdom, a UK Registered Charity that’s responsible for getting and distributing the stock in Uganda.
The organisation’s spokesperson and executive director, Simon Henry Opio-Emuna, said: “We are overwhelmed at the generosity of Sigma to part with so much stock in such a time of desperate need in our country. Whilst this is such a welcome gesture of humanitarian care, we’re still a long way off from our national target of providing health and help to all our citizens.”
Conservative MP for Watford, Dean Russell, was at Sigma’s warehouse last month to help load up the massive container with the donated stock.
He said: “It was an honour to be invited to help with the loading up of some 52 pallets of essential medication and mobility goods. It’s heart-warming to see such excellent humanitarian work taking place in Watford.”
The Sigma staff team, together with volunteers from Shishukunj Harrow and Mr Kirti Shah, gave up their weekend to make this happen, including two of the joint chairmen and a director of Sigma, who were present to oversee the huge operation.
Co-chairman Manish Shah said: “One of our operating principles is built on a simple premise, ‘Give and it will always come back’. The first generation family are from East Africa, and naturally, we were delighted to be partnering with this charity, and it gladdens our hearts that we can help and alleviate human suffering and illness in Africa with this little contribution from the UK.”
For further information about the donation, please contact Andy Coomar, Sigma Marketing Department on 01923 241311 or email email@example.com
Picture courtesy of Apresh Chavda Photography