Sick kids get teddy bears

Health officials and government ministers joined staff of the Masters Pharmaceuticals company handing out teddy bears to sick children at the Cayman Islands Hospital on Tuesday morning.

The UK-based drug company is on a tour of the Caribbean, giving gifts and monetary donations to hospitals and charities.

Zulf Masters founded Masters Pharmaceuticals 25 years ago and set up the charitable Masters Foundation earlier this year.

‘We thought now it is time to give back to the people who helped us achieve our goal over the years,’ Dr. Masters said during a visit to the hospital.

He said that the Foundation had encouraged other drug companies, such as Nephron Pharmaceuticals, to donate money and medication to people in need in the Caribbean. It is also working with the Caribbean Association of Pharmacists.

While in Cayman, the foundation donated to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society and the Department of Children and Family Services.

The Masters Foundation is visiting four Caribbean destinations on its silver anniversary tour – Cayman, Jamaica, Trinidad and Bermuda.

Health Minister Mark Scotland said it was good to see corporate entities giving back to society and encouraging others to do so also.