B/A: Access Bank staff support child care delivery

The project aligns with the Bank's commitment to nurturing strong families through various initiatives.

Volunteering staff of Access Bank Ghana
Volunteering staff of Access Bank Ghana

Access to good health service in the country has been one of successive government’s struggle since health care delivery comes at a higher cost to the economy, the need for corporate entities to support in that direction.

Volunteering staff of Access Bank Ghana
Volunteering staff of Access Bank Ghana

Ghana over the years has enjoyed support from the benevolent acts of many institutions such as churches, companies in manufacturing, telecommunication companies, banks just to name a few. Most of these corporate institutions donate items, commission projects, give financial support, offer scholarships as well as offer support to the health sector in diverse ways.

One of such gestures is the donation of equipment meant to take care of preterm babies to the Presbyterian Hospital and Frank May New Life Orphanage at Dormaa Ahenkro and Deasempa respectively by the volunteering employees at Access Bank Ghana from Accra and Techiman.

The employees, numbering over sixty, contributed their resources, time and energy to support the Presbyterian Hospital and Frank May New Life Orphanage as they have brought relief to orphaned children and parents with premature babies in the Brong Ahafo region.

In all, the Dormaa Presbyterian Hospital received four incubators to help the Paediatric Unit of the hospital attend to the increased numbers of preterm babies who die as a result of inadequate equipment to cater for them.

The media who mostly bring to bare the critical conditions in which some sectors in the country operates especially those in the rural areas did well by catching the attention of the employees through the publication of the situation persisting at the hospital.

Moved by compassion and a sense of patriotism, the volunteering group contributed and purchased incubators as part of their efforts to reduce infant mortality in Ghana particularly in that region.

Receiving the incubators on behalf of the hospital, the Resident Paediatrician, Dr Adoma Dwomo Fokuo, recounted how the hospital constructed improvised incubators with the assistance of local carpenters to ensure the survival of preterm babies.

Expressing her joy and gratitude to the volunteers, Dr. Fokuo said

“This is a timely intervention by Access Bank employees. Now we are more motivated to do everything within our means to save the lives of preterm babies”.

At the Frank May Life Orphanage, another volunteering group of the Bank also helped to repaint and give a facelift to the institution which caters for orphaned children and those abandoned by their families.

The members donated items such as louver blades, plastic chairs and tables, mattresses and a Multi TV Decoder to help provide a conducive environment.

The Matron of the orphanage, Madam Mary Wuntimah, who received the items on behalf of the children, could not hide her joy than to shower the bank with praises and stressed the need to extend a lot of care and attention to children who through no fault of theirs, lack basic necessities.

“This kindness extended to the Children today is very profound and I use this opportunity to encourage families to support the upbringing of children and nurture them to impact our society”, she stated.

Leading the Access Bank employees to make the donation, the Executive Director for Operations and IT, Mr Kameel Adebayo commented:

“The statistics available currently show high infant mortality rate across the country and requires every effort to help combat it. This project aligns with our commitment to nurturing strong families through various initiatives, including the empowerment of key institutions such as hospitals to achieve this objective. We are happy to be change agents in helping to make a difference.”

The project which forms part of the Bank’s Employee Volunteering Programme (EVP) which allows staff to volunteer their time, expertise and other resources in areas where they are needed as well as support initiatives that add value to the communities in which the Bank operates.

The bank which was recently recognized at the West African Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Excellence Awards as “Best Bank in Corporate Social Responsibility”, an accolade that was also awarded to the Bank in 2014 and 2010 at the Ghana Banking Awards has over the last six years displayed a strong commitment to health, education, environment and social improvement issues.

Source- NewsGhana.com.gh

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