By Caesar Abagali, GNA
Tamale, April 12, GNA – Mr Issah Mahmudu, a Tamale-based Legal Practitioner, has donated 15 bags of paddy rice and five bags of maize to the authorities of Sheikina Clinic in Tamale to support their charity work to humanity.
Sheikina Clinic was established in 1991 by the late Dr David Abdulai with the aim of providing humanitarian services to the less privileged including the mentally ill and people living with HIV and AIDS by offering them necessary clinical services and food.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony at Gurugu, a suburb of Tamale, Mr Mahmudu said providing humanitarian services to mankind was the greatest thing one could do to receive blessings from God and assured management of the Clinic of his continued support.
He advised management of the Clinic to continue to hold the principles of the late Dr David Abdulai to ensure that they got support from corporate institutions and individual philanthropists to keep the centre in operation.
He said “I will urge you to keep the legacy of Dr Abdulai and also keep the flames burning so that those of us who have the spirit of giving would not relent in our humanitarian services”.
Mr Mahmudu appealed to other philanthropists and corporate bodies to assist the clinic to continue with its humanitarian work.
Mrs Mariam Abdulai, wife of late Dr David Abdulai, expressed gratitude to all those who supported the Clinic before, during and after the death of Dr Abdulai and assured that any assistance and support to the Clinic would be used to further its (Clinic) objectives
She said even though the Clinic had been receiving support over the years, Mr Mahmudu’s rice and maize donation was the largest from an individual and thanked him for the gesture.
She said the Clinic was providing free clinical services and food programmes and that no fee was collected from anyone who was treated after the death of Dr Abdulai as was being peddled in public.
Mrs Abdulai said the Clinic was providing three square meals to about 25 inmates and a lunch to about 150 mad persons on the streets of Tamale, which had been running for years.
She said as part of its humanitarian services, the Clinic also collaborated with the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) to assist stranded needy passengers to get to their destinations, while food ration was given to malnourished prisoners in the Tamale Central prisons.
She advised the public and donors to beware of fraudsters, who used the name of Sheikina Clinic as a foundation to solicit money and other materials, saying, “Sheikina Clinic is a Foundation by itself with its bank account but some fraudsters go about using our name to dupe people”.