FBNBank Ghana, a subsidiary of First Bank of Nigeria Ltd., has organised a medical outreach and free health screening as part of the bank’s 2019 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CR&S) Week.
The medical outreach, which was held at the Santa Maria and Suame branches of the bank, saw patrons being taken through eye-screening and hepatitis B screening, fasting/random blood sugar, body mass index, height, weight, blood pressure and malaria.
In an interview, Head of Commercial Banking at FBNBank Ghana Limited, Mr. William Neequaye, said the bank’s CR&S Week is driven to amplify the culture of ‘Employee Giving and Volunteering Programmes’, with a focus on reinforcing values of the bank’s SPARK (Start Performing Acts of Random Kindness) initiative.
“We, as a bank, can only thrive in a healthy society, and thus we consider the health needs of our customers and the general public as an important aspect of socio-economic development and our business,” he said.
He added that: “This exercise is our way of helping our customers and the general public receive medical care to enable them live healthy lifestyles”.
Dr. Ayango Annan, a specialist in family medicine at the Korle-Bu Poly Clinic who led the medical team for the Santa Maria exercise, said there is need for Ghanaians to attach extreme importance to their health by attending regular check-ups.
According to her: “There is a need for us to always know our health status in order to be in a better position to deal with conditions that might prove fatal if unattended to”.
On her part, Dr. Ellen Konadu Antwi-Agyei – an optometrist at Optical Express Eye Centre in Accra, spoke of the immense benefits such an exercise presents to beneficiaries. “Most people in the community suffer from a wide range of diseases. but they do not come out; so until you do such exercises, you are unable to fish them out,” she said.
Dr. Antwi-Agyei noted that a lot of eye diseases, for instance, do not have symptoms – and thus anyone suffering from some of these eye diseases may not experience any symptom until the condition reaches advanced stages, which makes rectifying such conditions difficult to deal with.
She commended FBNBank for the exercise, and appealed for the bank to consider rolling out such exercises at least twice every year for maximum impact.
The FBNBank CR&S Week was marked in Ghana, Nigeria and in other countries where First Bank of Nigeria Limited has footprints. These include The Gambia, Guinea, Senegal, Serra Leone, DR Congo and the United Kingdom.
In all, over 400 lives were directly impacted at the medical outreach and health screening, culminating in thousands of lives being indirectly impacted as dependents of the patrons.