…to enable them enjoy Christmas festivities
By Samuel Agbewode
The Credit Department of Standbic Bank has presented food items worth GH¢3,000 to cured lepers in Ho, as part of the bank’s social responsibility to support the less-privileged in the country live decent lives, and contribute its quota to the national development process.
The items, which included rice, maize, beans, cooking oil, bread, gari, milk and detergents, was the bank’s contribution to assisting the cured lepers to celebrate the Christmas just like their able bodied counterparts, and also to make them feel being part of the society and valued like any other person.
The Head of Personal Business Banking and Credit Manager of Standbic Bank, Mr. Emmanuel Ashley, who presented the items on behalf of the bank, said his outfit would continue to offer such assistance to the less privileged in society, like the cured lepers, to help improve their standard of living.
Mr. Ashley noted that it was important for organisations to extend assistance to the cured lepers, who he said, really needed help to enable them to live meaningful lives, and pointed out that the bank, as part of its corporate policy, would at all times live up to its social responsibilities.
A Nursing Officer caring for the cured lepers, Madam Grace Atimah, who received the items, thanked the staff and management of Standbic Bank for the gesture, which she said, had come at an appropriate time, and that it would go a long way to help the cured lepers celebrate the Christmas happily, just like other persons.
Madam Atimah explained that leprosy was curable, and advised the public to report any unusual skin disease noticed to health authorities at the hospital or clinic for early treatment, because there were potent medicines that could cure it at an early stage, to prevent it from getting worse.