Fidelity Bank has donated nine hundred and seven (907) Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLINs) at a cost of ten thousand Ghana cedis (GHC 10,000) to students of Mampong School for the Deaf. Selected staff of the Bank in partnership with the Private Sector Malaria Prevention Program (PSMP) under the John Hopkins Center for Communication Programs embarked on a day’s trip to the School which is made of two units; Mampong Demonstration School for the Deaf and the Mampong Senior High School for the deaf.
The Senior High School which is the only Senior Secondary School for the deaf in the Country is deprived of several needs, one of which is proper malaria prevention. Fidelity Bank decided to support these students in the prevention of malaria infections by giving them mosquito nets and educating them on the prevention of malaria. The staff of Fidelity Bank who contributed towards the donation explained that they made the donation in anticipation that the knowledge given these students on malaria prevention will be extended to their families back at
home who are also vulnerable to the disease. This will further help to reduce the rate of infection thereby reducing the rate of malaria-induced mortality.
Commenting on the donation, the Managing Director of Fidelity Bank, Mr. Jim Baiden noted that the donation is in line with one of the core values of the Bank which is supporting the communities in which we operate. It also forms part of the Staff Charity @ Work initiative where staff embark on a cause to better the lives of people in need. He added that the money used to purchase these nets was raised by staff with support from management. Mr. Baiden added that the statistics on malaria is alarming hence the Bank’s decision to help reduce the rate of infection.
“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”.
Fidelity Bank has in recent times donated to the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) and the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) to improve the lives of needy Ghanaians.