In furtherance of its mission of building a healthy society, Embassy Pharm. & Chemicals Ltd recently donated drugs worth over 3 million naira to the authorities of Ikoyi Prison, Lagos, for the use of the inmates.
Speaking with Pharmanews in an exclusive interview after making the donation of the drugs which was received by Assistant Comptroller of Prison, Julius Ezugwu, Pharm. (Sir) Nnamdi Obi, managing director of Embassy, said the gesture was in tandem with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practice of the company.
The Embassy boss, who noted that it would be improper and unrealistic to expect government alone to meet all the needs of the citizenry, especially in the midst of dwindling resources and other competing national needs, further disclosed that he had been propelled to make the move, following his visit to a friend in the prison, who had been detained for about 21 days on trumped-up charges and was shocked by the deplorable condition of the inmates.
Thereafter, he decided, with the help of his younger brother, the deputy managing director of the company, that Embassy should donate drugs for the use of the inmates. The donated drugs included antifungals, multivitamin products, prickly heat powder, analgesic and antipyretic products.
Sir Obi, while urging other Nigerians and companies to embrace the culture of assisting the less privileged members of the society and those in prison, noted that not all those detained in prison are criminals. Some, he said, are merely awaiting trial and may eventually be cleared of any wrongdoing; while there are others who are simply victims of wrong convictions, just as his friend was.
He also explained that his commitment to CSR is not a sudden development, noting that he and his brother also run a charitable organisation in memory of their parents, which they use to provide healthcare services annually to the needy, adding that over 4000 people benefited from the organisation’s health programme last year.
Embassy, he said, had also donated drugs to the Lagos State Police Command and the Zone 2 Command of the Nigeria Police Force; while also releasing a nurse who was on Embassy’s payroll to provide care for officers of the zone 2 command for two years.
Receiving the donated drugs, the Assistant Comptroller of Prison, Julius Ezugwu thanked the Embassy team for the gesture and prayed that God would continue to bless the company.