Food items donated to Serekunda Hospital in ‘excellent condition’ – Ministry of Health 

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By Amadou Manjang

The food items donated to Serekunda General Hospital by Alvihag Supermarket were in ‘excellence condition’, the Ministry of Health said.

The Ministry makes this comment while responding to the allegation that Alvihag Supermarket donated expired and poor quality foods to the said hospital.

‘The food items, comprising bags of rice, 5 bags of onions, 5 drums of vegetable oil and 2 bags of sugar were  inspected upon arrival and found to be in excellent condition with expiry dates exceeding 12 months,’  Director of Health Promotion and Education at Ministry of Health, Micheal Manga Mendy said .

According to Mendy, it was Serekunda General Hospital management that requested for the donation of the food items when the Proprietor of Alvihag Supermarket approached the Management to enquire about priority areas for intervention.

‘The Hospital Management would like to reassure the general public especially patients and their families that the meals served by the institution are prepared hygienically and fit for consumption,’ Mendy added.

He dismissed the criticism, calling on other businesses to emulate Alhivag’s gesture towards the hospital.

According to the Serekunda Hospital Management, the Hospital spends over three hundred and fifty thousand dalasis (GMD 350,000.00) to provide free meals to admitted patients on a monthly basis