Stanbic Bank donates to 3 health care facilities against COVID-19

Stanbic Bank has donated items to three health care institutions, to help in the fight against COVID-19.

The institutions are the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Cardiothoracic Unit of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and the 37 Military Hospital.

The GHS received 5,568 units of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test kits, 5,504 units of nucleic acid (RNA) extraction kits, and an Autopure 32A-Nucleic Acid Purification System, all valued above 100,000 dollars.

 The Cardio Unit and 37 Hospital received 200 Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) each for their frontline staff.

Chief Executive of Stanbic Bank, Alhassan Andani, said “this is the time for us to demonstrate our unity in achieving the common goal of combating the spread of the virus. We must do this without losing sight of our collective responsibility in contributing in various ways to stop the spread.”

“For us at Stanbic Bank, we believe Ghana is our home, and our commitment to drive its growth will continue to find expression in the things that we do to support the fight against this pandemic. As we tackle the challenge of supplies, the collective task is for each of us to be personally responsible for our health and that of the community,” he said.

Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Director-General of the Ghana Health Services, thanked Stanbic Bank on behalf of GHS and Ministry of Health.

“These test kits and critical gear will be put to good use in our critical fight. When the battle with COVID-19 is over the name of Stanbic will be among those that will be mentioned for the role you have played in the push against the disease. We appreciate this support and we are very grateful for this donation.”

He said “we are overwhelmed by the generosity of Stanbic with this donation. Unfortunately, in the midst of the crisis, prices of such critical items have shot up astronomically, so your donation is indeed timely, and we are grateful. It will go a long way to give personnel confidence to interact with patients.”

Dr Kuma-Aboagye said “from the look of things,” COVID-19 had come to stay and urged all to continue to observe the health protocols, to protect each other.

“As we go out into public spaces let us wear our face masks and don’t forget to thoroughly wash your hands with soap under running water. This disease should not be taken for granted”, Dr Lawrence Serebuor, Director of the National Cardiothoracic Center, said.

Staff of the bank launched an internal drive to raise funds for the purchase of more test kits for the GHS.

 Dubbed the All for One, One for All campaign, the three-month drive has seen staff contribute up to 30 per cent of their individual salaries towards the purchase of critical equipment for the GHS. 

By Times Reporter

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