Ecobank Donates To Health Institutions

ECOBANK PIXEcobank Ghana on Saturday, joined the bank’s branches in 36 countries across Africa to mark Ecobank Day — an annual celebration with a donation worth GH¢420,000 to support 13 health centres in the country.

The beneficiary health centres include Lekma, Maamobi, Adabraka and La Polyclinics in Accra, Manhyia and South Suntreso Polyclinics in Kumasi, Ketu Polyclinic in the Volta Region, and Tema Manhean Polyclinic.

The centres were presented with medical equipment and drugs, including malaria test kits, malaria drugs, hospital beds, and treated mosquito nets, as well as cleaning materials such as disinfectants, brooms, buckets and gloves.

The bank also organised clean-up exercises and interacted with the community members on health and financial issues.

The day was marked on the theme “Malaria and Ebola, prevention is better than cure”.

Speaking at the donation at the Tema Manhean Polyclinic, the managing director of the bank, Samuel Ashitey Adjei, in a speech read on his behalf, called on the Ghanaian society to keep their environment clean to prevent Malaria and Ebola infections.

He urged the society to collaborate with government to prevent Malaria and Ebola that were claiming thousands of lives within the sub region.

According to him, statistics had shown that Malaria accounted for about 700,000 deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2012, and in Ghana, 2,503 deaths were attributed to Malaria in 2013.

He said though the country had not yet recorded any case on Ebola disease, there was still the need for the citizenry to guard themselves against it.

Mr. Adjei explained that the bank chose the path to help fight against the two diseases because of its detriment to the socio-economic growth and its devastating nature in which it has been taken lives.

He indicated that a similar gesture was being carried out in all the 36 countries where the bank has a presence to reduce the rate at Malaria had been claiming lives.

“By these donations, Ecobank reaffirms its commitment to support the development of African countries that are malaria endemic and ensure that lives of the continent remain in good health to be able to contribute towards growth”, he said.

He commended the chiefs and elders of the communities as well as the health workers and urged them to make good use of the items presented.

Mr. Adjei also called on corporate entities and companies to help fight against diseases in the country.

The chief of Tema Manhean, Nii Adjei Krako II, applauded the efforts of the bank and called on community members to be responsive to cleanliness to avoid sicknesses.

By Charles Amankwa

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