The ARB Apex Bank Limited and the rural and community banks, RCBs in the country have donated an amount of GH¢ 417,000 to support the fight against COVID 19 pandemic.
The amount is the contribution of ARB Apex Bank and the rural and community banks towards the GH¢10 million agreed by the Ghana Association of Bankers to help fight the spread of the coronavirus. Business & Financial Times can confirm that the Association has officially acknowledged receipt of the amount contributed by the rural banks and ARB Apex Bank.
The amount is to help support government’s initiative to provide PPEs for the health facilities across the country as well as providing all the needed logistics and special remuneration package for frontline health workers who are risking their lives every day to offer the critical services required to treat and provide all the preventive measures to mitigate the spread of the virus.
The rural banks and the ARB Apex Bank have committed to this initiative by the Ghana Association of Bankers because rural banks are found in every nook and cranny of the country and that the amount will go a long way to support coronavirus cases as well as equip health facilities located in communities where the rural bank operates.
In a related development, some rural banks have also made individual donations as their contributions to the fight against the pandemic as part of their corporate social responsibilities.
These are Atwima Kwanwoma Rural Bank at Pakyi No2 in the Ashanti Region, Anlo Rural Bank at Anloga in the Volta Region, South Akim and Kwaebibirem Rural Banks both in the Eastern Region.
Atwima Kwanwoma donated boxes of hand sanitizers costing GH¢10,000 to seven health facilities within their operational territories, South Akim donated 40 branded Veronica buckets and handwashing bowls worth GH¢ 5,000, Anlo Rural Bank supported Anloga Health Centre, Tegbi Health Centre, Keta Municipal Hospital, Welspan Health Centre and Sacred Hospital, Abor. Each facility was given 150 pieces of nose masks, 250 latex hand gloves, boxes of hand sanitizers and 2 Veronica buckets.
Kwaebibirem Rural Bank, also donated items to the communities in which the bank operates to help fight COVID-19. The items include 20 Veronica buckets, bundles of tissue paper, 20 gallons of liquid soap and quantities of hand sanitizers.