Seventeen (17) physically challenged persons who could neither stand nor walk on their own, now have the opportunity to freely move around with the help of prosthetic limbs fitted courtesy staff of Access Bank (Ghana) Limited.
The beneficiaries were fitted with customised artificial limbs by the National Prosthetics and Orthotics Centre (NPOC) over a four week period and trained to exercise their new body parts before their discharge from the centre.
The latest humanitarian initiative forms part of Access Bank’s Employee Volunteering Program which allows staff to invest their time, skills and financial resources in meaningful projects within communities where the Bank operates.
Addressing the Group and members of the Centre during a short ceremony to climax the 4-week project, Dr. Thompson, Head of Prosthetics at the Centre expressed profound appreciation to staff of Access Bank for their sponsorship.
“The centre for a very long time has supported the whole country with very little resource in terms of human capital and other logistics needed to bring relief to patients. This gesture is very heart warming and we ask other stakeholders to join hands to ensure that people with disabilities are catered for in the community”, he urged.
The Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Ebenezer Appiah Denkyira who was the special guest at the event, noted that until recently the National Prosthetic and Orthotics Centre used wood to generate limbs making them rather difficult to use. But with the help of prosthetics, more refined limbs can now be manufactured within two days.
He said ‘the intervention by Access Bank is helping to alleviate the hospital’s financial and logistical constraints’ and called on other public spirited organisations and individuals to support what he called the ‘laudable initiative to improve health care delivery system in Ghana”
The Executive Director for Operations and IT in Access Bank, Kameel Adebayo who is also a member of the staff volunteering group was excited by the outcome of their intervention’ “the smiles on the patients’ faces as they try out their limbs is priceless and we are proud to be a part of this great cause”.
The Project Director, Kennedy Effah said the decision to take up this project stemmed from a firm belief that, physically challenged persons deserve all the support they can get in order to live their lives with dignity and make meaningful contributions to society.
Access Bank staffs every year come up with various social intervention programmes as their contribution to society for sustainable impact to improve living conditions in the areas of health, education as well as the arts.
Notes for Editors
The Employee Volunteering Programme which was instituted by Access Bank in 2010 has seen over 150 employees giving back to the community in which the bank operates. It complements the Bank’s own annual CSR projects. The EVP projects have over the years contributed to the bank being adjudged Best Bank in Corporate Social Responsibility in 2010 and 2013 during the 10th and 13th Ghana Banking Awards respectively.
Recently adjudged Bank of the Year, Access staff continues to identify and offer volunteering services to projects that will change the lives of individuals in the community. Over 40 communities and institutions across the country have already been touched by the charitable projects embarked upon for the past four years.
About Access Bank
Over the last 4 years, Access Bank has displayed a strong commitment to health, education, environment and social improvement issues by leveraging its people and financial resources to invest in various projects across the country.
These contributions together with its financial performance and business expansion have contributed to the Bank being adjudged winner of several industry awards including:
• 2013 Bank of the Year in Ghana
• 2013 Most Socially Responsible Bank
• 2013 Top Emerging Brand
• 2013 3rd Most Respected Bank in Ghana (Ghana Club 100)
• 2012 Best Growing Bank in Ghana
• 2010 Most Socially responsible Bank
• 2010 Best Bank in Agric Financing
• 2010 – 1st runner up in Financial Performance
Currently, Access Bank is one of the largest banks in Ghana operating across 42 office locations. It has presence in 8 other African countries and operation in the UK.
This article has 0 comment, leave your comment.