GCB Bank Limited last Tuesday began providing meals for 500 doctors and frontline health services staff as part of its commitment to the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) on a daily basis.
The bank, under an arrangement with some private suppliers and catering services companies, is offering nutritious meals, water and drinks as lunch packages for the health workers for a month.
Medical doctors and other frontline health services workers from Ga East Municipal Hospital, Mamprobi Polyclinic, Legon COVID Centre and Ussher Polyclinic in the Greater Accra Region are being catered for by the bank.
This gesture and intervention by the bank is to complement efforts by government in the fight to contain COVID-19.
The Managing Director of GCB, Mr. Anselm Ray Sowah, commenting on the programme noted that with the increasing pressure on frontline workers due to the rise in number of COVID-19 cases, it is very difficult for frontline health service staff to leave their duty-posts in search of food due to the partial lockdown.
He explained that the bank’s decision to provide meals for frontline health service staff is motivated by the drive to connect with and serve others, as well as to promote survival.
“As Ghana’s largest indigenous bank, GCB is obliged. I feel driven by our tenets of corporate social responsibility. It is a moral imperative,” the GCB MD said.
Mr. Sowah said the bank prioritises health matters, believing that good health for all Ghanaians will enhance productivity.
The Medical Doctor in charge of Ussher Polyclinic, Dr. Patrick Amo-Mensah, expressed gratitude to the bank on behalf of the staff and community.
At the Ga East Municipal Hospital, Dr. Ali Samba (National Coordinator for Case Management Teams); Dr. Ebenezer Oduro Mensah (Medical Superintendent for Ga East District Hospital); Dr. Chris Owoo (National Coordinator for Management of Severe and Critical Cases); and Dr. Humphrey MaCauley received the packages on behalf of the health workers.
The bank’s Head of Corporate Affairs Department, Mr. Emmanuel Kojo Kwarteng, on behalf of management presented parcels of the meals to the Specialist Doctor in charge of Mamprobi Polyclinic, Dr. Charlotte-Alberta Baaba Cato.
Mr. Kwarteng also witnessed delivery of the meals to doctors and staff of the Ussher Polyclinic.