The Amantin and Kasei Community Bank Limited, headquartered at Amantin in the Bono East Region, has supported the national fight against spread of coronavirus in the country by donating assorted items to deprived health facilities in its catchment area.
The items donated by the bank are ten Veronica buckets, ten boxes of alcohol-based hand sanitiser (237ml), 18 packs (50 each) of nose masks, ten boxes of Lifebuoy soap and 32 packs (100 pieces each) of latex medical examination gloves. The items’ cost is estimated at GH¢10,000.
At a short presentation ceremony, General Manager of the bank, Michael Wilberforce Osae, said the donation is part of the institution’s yearly corporate social responsibility; indicating that this particular initiative is targetted at supporting the national agenda to stop spread of the virus in the country. Six deprived health facilities in operational areas of the bank will benefit from the donation, he added.
He pointed out that the alarming impact of COVID-19 on the country’s socioeconomic development should stimulate all to join forces to defeat the pandemic in the country, hence the support. As of May 1, the total number of confirmed cases stood at 2,169 with 229 recoveries and 18 dead (Ghana Health Service).
The General Manager emphasised that as long as the country continues to fight against the pandemic, the bank will rally behind the state with needed support to win the battle. He advised the public to religiously adhere to all the preventive measures to help contain horizontal spread of the virus.
To protect staff and customers of the bank, Mr. Osae said precautionary measures have been implemented across its seven branches in Bono East and Ashanti Regions, explaining that staff have been equipped with the requisite personal protective equipment (PPE). Customers, on the other hand, are mandated to wear a nose mask before entry. He said the bank provides one for those without, especially customers from far distances.
He recounted that the bank has over the years been committed and consistent with CSR to cushion the national development agenda. Last year, the bank donated a generator valued at GH¢4,000 to the Amantin Health Centre to serve as source of electricity backup for the facility. Not too long ago, the bank also constructed mechanised boreholes for some schools including Ejura Anglican SHS, Atebubu SHS and Yeji SHS.
A Senior Midwife at the Amantin Health Centre, Mercy Osei who received the items on behalf of the beneficiary facilities, applauded the bank for its kind support, adding that it will go a long way to help in the fight against COVID-19.
She said rural health facilities are the worst-affected by insufficient distribution of medical supplies and PPE in the country. Ms. Osei therefore made a passionate appeal for corporate Ghana and benevolent individuals to go to the aid of rural health facilities in this abnormal time.