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The Managing Director of EcoBank Ghana, Mr. Samuel Ashiley Adjei, has called on Ghanaians to participate actively in the eradication of Malaria by maintaining clean environment.
Mr. Adjei made the call in a speech read on his behalf by the Executive Director of the bank, Mr Morgan Fianko Asiedu, at the Second Ecobank Day celebration held over the weekend at Tema Manhean Hospital. The day was celebrated on the theme, “Malaria prevention and control in Sub-Saharan Africa”.
He said it was the vision of the bank to be a relevant stakeholder, active partner and contributor in the fight against Malaria which was also the cause of many deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In line with the vision, and as part of its Day celebrations 2014, the bank donated various medical equipment and drugs valued at GH¢ 420,000.00 to 13 healthcare institutions across the country.
The day, Mr. Adjei noted, was celebrated simultaneously in 36 countries across middle Africa, including Ghana.
It was marked by the four Ecobank affiliates companies, namely; Ecobank Ghana Limited, eProcess International, Ecobank Development Corporation (EDC) and EB-Action Savings and Loans Company Limited.
Other branches in places such as Aflao, Kumasi, Tamale, Takoradi and New Abirim, he said, had their fair share of the celebration.
“This annual event gives the Ecobank Group the unique opportunity to execute an important social contract as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) that exists between us and our stakeholders in all markets where Ecobank is present,” he added.
The Managing Director noted that the day enabled staff of Ecobank to get involved with activities in communities the bank operated in and served as a time for “Ecobankers” to use their collective talents and resources to make positive differences in their localities.
Items donated by the bank included, malaria test kits, malaria drugs for adults and children, hospital beds, treated mosquito nets, buckets and several cleaning materials.
For her part, a member of the Malaria Control Technical Support at Tema Manhean, Ms. Naa Korkor Allotey, said Malaria was still an endemic disease in the country.
She referred to a recent survey in the northern region that revealed that 51 per cent of children suffered from malaria, while 4 per cent of children suffered from the disease in Accra.
The Chief of Tema Manhean, Mantse Nii, who graced the occasion, expressed his gratitude for the items donated to the people of Tema Manhean and the hospital.
He called on other institutions to emulate the deeds of Ecobank Ghana, adding that Tema Manhean was a deprived community and therefore called on stakeholders to support the community.
Source: ISD (Isaac Parbey)