The Managing Director of EcoBank Ghana, Mr Samuel Ashiley Adjei, has called on Ghanaians to participate actively in the eradication of Malaria by maintaining a clean environment.
Mr Adjei made the call in a speech read on his behalf at the Second Ecobank Day celebrations at Tema Manhean over the weekend. 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 the celebrations, 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 Africa, including Ghana. It was marked by four Ecobank affiliate 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, also 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 in activities in communities the bank operated 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 Team 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, Nii Adjei Kraku II, who graced the occasion, expressed gratitude to the bank for the items donated.
He called on other institutions to emulate the example of Ecobank Ghana, adding that Tema Manhean was a deprived community and, therefore, called on all stakeholders to support the community.
Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)