Stanchart adds to UG hospital facility
The Standard Chartered Bank Ghana with collaboration from the University of Ghana Alumni Association, has inaugurated an Eye Centre equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to provide eye care to the public.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony at the hospital, Kweku Bedu-Addo, Managing Director of the Bank noted that by donating the equipment to stock the centre, it is a way of reinforcing the bank’s reserve towards the fight against avoidable blindness.
“The joy for us is in the relief that it brings to the communities in the catchment areas that we impact. Whenever we visit some of the communities we have impacted, we can see that it is having direct on the communities,” he said.
He added further that the gesture is a way of ensuring that primary eyecare is embedded in healthcare delivery systems in the country, and by this donation to the university’s hospital, Mr. Bedu-Addo said: “this is our token to a university that has provided a lot of our human resources over the years.”
The gesture is also in line with Stanchart’s global initiative to tackle avoidable blindness and visual impairments under its ‘seeing is believing’ project that has been around since 2003.
Under this programme, the Bank collaborates with International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and leading eye care orgnaisations and raises funds for investment in eyecare projects that have long-term areas of need. The Bank is committed to raising US$ 100m by 2020 for the programme through fundraising and Bank investment.
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Ebenezer Oduro Owusu expressed appreciation to the bank and the alumni association for the presentation saying: “The act shows exactly how partnership works. It also adds to our infrastructural profile, and so I would like to thank the alumni and Stanchart for the facility.”
Dr. Christian Kofi Amenuveve, Director, University of Ghana Health Services, told the B&FT on the sidelines of the inaugural ceremony that that the donation has been timely considering that the hospital lacked ability to deal with eyecare cases due to the absence certain needed equipment.
“Initially, we had a small eye facility but didn’t have all the equipment that could do the work.”
In a related development, Standard Chartered Bank also donated US$7,500 to the Komla Dumor Foundation in support of the work that the family of the late Komla Dumor is doing to continue the legacy he left behind after his demise.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the foundation, father of the ace broadcaster, Prof. Ernest Dumor, expressed the family’s appreciation to the bank and emphasised the family’s commitment to achieving the purpose for which the foundation was created.
Komla Dumor was a renowned Ghanaian journalist who worked for the BBC and was the main presenter of its programme Focus on Africa. He died at age 41 in 2014, after a cardiac arrest.