FBNBank marks world Polio Day

From left to right: DGE David Amankwah; Mrs. Charity Nikoi, UNICEF; PAG Theresa Osei Tutu; PDG Adotei Brown; PDG Winfred A. Mensah; Ghana National Polio Plus Committee Chairperson, PAG Nana Yaa Siriboe; District Governor, Rotary District 9102, Victor Yaw Asante; and Dr. Michael Rockson Adjei, WHO.

FBNBank Ghana joined the world to mark this year’s World Polio Day on Monday, 24 October 2022. This year’s World Polio Day was celebrated in Accra, on the theme: ‘A Healthier Future for Mothers and Children’.

FBNBank, over the years, has played an active role in advocating for an end to Polio with the support of the National Polio Plus Committee and Rotary in Ghana. In line with this, the bank has supported the activities aimed at eradicating the disease. This year, FBNBank is supporting the national efforts with GH¢25,000, including a GH¢15,000 donation to the National Polio Plus Committee, GH¢5,000 each to the Rotary Club of Ho and the Rotary Club of Hohoe.

Speaking on the bank’s contribution to the campaign against Polio, Mr. Victor Yaw Asante, Managing Director of FBNBank, who doubles as the Governor of Rotary District 9102, which comprises Ghana, Niger, Benin and Togo, said: “Polio is an infectious disease contracted by children, which can lead to paralysis in the body. We are very optimistic that, together with our partners, we can go ahead and eradicate this canker that has been with us for decades. Eradication is possible through mass immunisation and vaccination.

As a bank, we are committed to this fight because we have over the years remained focused in putting our stakeholders first – which includes the entire Ghanaian populace. Our position is strengthened by the partners we have on our side. Rotary International is known worldwide for the efforts it has made in the fight against polio, and the National Polio Plus Committee has been very instrumental in achieving the successes Ghana has made in the fight against polio.

On the FBNBank side, our commitment has been possible because of the passion of our people. We at FBNBank, therefore, believe that we can continue to make gain. We however believe we would achieve a greater impact if more corporate entities join the fight and support the activities of the National Polio Committee and the Rotary Clubs in Ghana. Working together, we will win”.

World Polio Day has been observed on the 24th day of October of every year since 1988 to raise awareness on polio and to take measures toward eradicating this disease. The celebration also provides an opportunity to highlight global efforts toward a polio-free world, and honour the tireless contributions of those on the frontlines in the fight to eradicate polio from every part of the world.

In a speech delivered on behalf of the World Health Organisation representative in Ghana, Dr. Francis Kasolo, Dr. Michael Rockson Adjei, Immunisation Officer at the (WHO), said: “World Polio Day highlights the global efforts to end polio worldwide. As an organisation, we can draw inspiration from the WHO European Region which achieved a polio-free status 20 years ago to ramp up our efforts to achieve same for our country and the Africa region. The unveiling of the ‘End Polio Now’ flag, should serve as a reminder to strengthen the commitment to maintain equitable high immunisation coverage, high-quality surveillance to detect any presence of the virus, prepare to respond in the event of an outbreak, and also use our sister agencies to continue the collaboration with all partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in supporting the Government of Ghana to end Polio”.

FBNBank has, in its 26 years of operating in Ghana, remained focused on putting its customers and communities first. This, it has sought to do through the rich value and excellence of what the bank contributes to the relationship with its stakeholders as a whole, particularly the customers. FBNBank Ghana is a member of the First Bank of Nigeria Limited Group, which is renowned for its great customer service and general stakeholder engagement garnered over its 128 years of operation. FBNBank Ghana has 25 branches and two agencies across the country, with over 500 staff. FBNBank offers universal banking services to individuals and businesses in Ghana.

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