ECOBANK commissions new water tank at Brikama Health Centre

Friday, December 15, 2017

As part of their fifth year anniversary in Brikama, Ecobank Gambia Limited on Wednesday inaugurated a new water tank at the Brikama Health Centre, on the year’s theme ‘Promoting Safe Water for Healthy Life’.

The ceremony was attended by senior officials from Ecobank, government officials and the community of Brikama.

In her keynote address, the Hon. Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Madam Saffie Lowe Ceesay, said they are witnessing the commissioning and the handing over of a solar powered bore-hole with an overhead water tank to the health facility by Ecobank.

Minister Ceesay added that the hospital is among the biggest within the region with a population of over one hundred and forty thousand, adding that the hospital is the only maternity unit serving over 600 deliveries per annum.

The Health Minister said potable water was very important in the delivery of health services, adding that to prevent and control infection in health delivery, they need reliable and potable water supply.

She equally noted that reliable water supply is important to both the staff and the patients to benefit from.

The bank’s effort was commendable, she said, adding that she was also aware of the bank’s support to other facilities within the country including the Farafenni General Hospital in 2016.

The health minister added that delivery of quality health services is essential to the attainment of positive health outcomes and the government of The Gambia was committed to the delivery of quality health services across the country.

However, she noted that government alone could not provide all the resources required in this area and therefore require support services from the private sectors as it’s been done now by  Ecobank.

The health minister pointed out that partnership is encouraged in complementing government’s efforts and the gathering was a manifestation of that partnership.

“My ministry is calling on all the institutions to come as a team to produce quality health care delivery,” she urged.

Lamin Sanyang, deputising for the Managing Director of Ecobank Gambia Limited, said that the Ecobank team has come back to Brikama Health Centre to share the very important day in the calendar of Ecobank.

Mr Sanyang said Ecobank is a Pan-African Bank of the people, for the people and this comes with certain responsibilities, which they take very seriously.

He added that their focus was in transforming African banking landscape and serving their customers with convenient cost effective financial products.

He said they care very much about thier local communities, hence in 2013 they launched the Ecobank Day initiative where their employees could come together to help a worthy cause by volunteering their time to work hand in hand with members of the communities, and the bank supports financially as a contribution to improve the living condition of the more vulnerable members of the communities.

“We celebrate EcoBank Day across all the 33 affiliates of the Bank where we have a presence including EcoBank Gambia limited.”

“Over the years, we have supported many worthy causes and our relationship with Brikama Health Centre has been special over the past years. During this period Ecobank Gambia Limited has carried out renovation on the general ward and last year donated medical items to the maternity ward,” he said.

As a close partner, they deemed it fitting to come to the health facility again and mark their 5th Ecobank Day.

Bubacarr Sambou, Regional Health Director for West Coast Region, said the Regional Health Directorate through the Minister of Health and Social Welfare and Brikama District Hospital was delighted to attend the inauguration.
This was a testimony of the great partnership with the Pan African Bank as part of the annual EcoBank Day celebration within the Ecobank family.

Sambou said over the years Ecobank has been a champion in rendering humanitarian support to this public facility by complementing the efforts of government and fulfilling her corporate social responsibility. 

Author: Njie Baldeh