Staff of Fidelity Bank have donated 907 Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLINs) to students of the Mampong School for the Deaf at Akuapem Mampong.
The LLINs, valued at GH¢10,000, were presented to the school by the bank in partnership with the Private Sector Malaria Prevention Programme (PSMP) under the John Hopkins Centre for Communication Programmes.
According to the bank, the school, which is the only Senior High School (SHS) for the Deaf in the country, has several needs, one of which is a sustainable malaria prevention plan.
The Managing Director of Fidelity Bank, Mr Jim Baiden, in an address to the students, said the donation was in line with one of the core values of the bank, which was supporting the communities in which it operated.
“It also forms part of the Staff Charity @ Work initiative where staff embark on a cause to better the lives of people in need.
The money used to purchase these nets was raised by staff, with support from management,” he said.
Mr Baiden added that “the country recorded 4.6 million suspected malaria cases at the Outpatient Departments (OPDs) in the first half of 2017.
The number of malaria admission was 145,986 and during the same period 266 malaria deaths were recorded. If the wealth of a nation is said to depend on the health of its citizens, then we must all join the fight against malaria infection”.
A staff member of the bank said they were hopeful that the knowledge given the students on malaria prevention would be extended to their families who were also vulnerable to the disease.
“This will further help reduce the rate of infection, thereby reducing the rate of malaria induced mortality,” he said.
In a similar gesture, Fidelity Bank recently donated to the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) and the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) to improve the lives of the poor and needy in society.