Health Minister hails Trust Bank for being true Gambian

Friday, November 10, 2017

Safie Lowe-Ceesay, the minister of Health and Social Welfare paid tribute to the Trust Bank for truly showing that they are a Gambian bank to sternly complement the efforts of the government.

Minister Lowe-Ceesay was speaking on Thursday 9th November, 2017, as the bank rendered support to the Tanka Tanka Psychiatric Hospital with items worth D100, 000.

The materials included detergents, clothing, shaving machines, plumbing and electrical materials amongst others.

The gesture was part of activities marking the 20th anniversary of the bank.

She described receiving donation as gratifying as health is the business of everyone and that they want to ensure everybody has access to health.

She pointed out the most pleasant thing about Trust Bank is that they do not just being but ask you what you want and provide it for you.

The minister further described Tanka Tanka Psychiatric Hospital as a vulnerable institution occupied by young people who were to be our future leaders but most a times the marginalised segment of society.

She also commended the hospital management and staff for dedicating their time to such a risky job in taking care of the patients as their families.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at Tanka Tanka Psychiatric Hospital, Ebrima Sallah, the managing director, Trust Bank Gambia Ltd. began by expressing gratitude towards the institution’s management for giving them the opportunity to contribute yet again to make a difference in the lives of the vulnerable in our society.

Mr. Sallah stated that in view of their status as a proudly Gambian Bank, Trust Bank has always witnessed events like this have far-reaching objectives and it’s part of their social corporate responsibility objective of “bringing hope where there is despair”.

He pointed out that their social corporate responsibility programme is grounded on the principles of sharing and caring, and that they believe the donation is a great way to give back to our communities.

He said: “We are aware and appreciate that our customers from all corners of the Gambia, and even ourselves as employees of Trust Bank together with our family members might at some point, directly or indirectly benefit from the health services offered by Tanka Tank Psychiatric Hospital.”

He said the choice of donating to Tanka Tanka Psychiatric Hospital, responsible for providing care and treatment for our brothers and sisters with mental issues is much appropriated.

He noted that despite not being the most profitable bank in the last three years, their corporate social responsibility programme is far more comprehensive and they have contributed more to the community than the other banks combined.

He described mental health as one of the most critical health problems, adding that it affects more people, requires more prolonged treatment, cause more suffering to the families of the afflicted, waste more of our human resources, and constitute more financial drain upon both public and personal finances.

He remarked that the gesture was a continuation of the work his bank has been doing for the hospital and the love and generosity of the bank family to the residents of Tanka Tanka.

He highlighted that the gesture started years ago with the strategic objective of complementing governments’ efforts of transforming the lives of more people with mental health problems in the country.

To achieve this, he went on, we need to drive a fundamental culture shift in our society; a culture that has long been neglected in our society. “This neglect must end, if our nation is to live up to its own standards of compassion and dignity and achieve the maximum use of its manpower”, he added.

According to Mr. Sallah, “mental health service delivery all over the world and the Gambia in particular is still a far cry from being satisfactory compared to physical health”. In spite of all the challenges, he added, “we have achieved a lot together as Gambians,” while expressing optimism that they would soon achieve our ultimate objective.

The Trust Bank Gambia Ltd. MD said they were immensely proud to celebrate their 20th anniversary with patients’ and staffs, whilst they also acknowledge, through a donation, the role that the Tanka Tanka Psychiatric Hospital plays in the lives of many Gambians across the country.

He also said that as MD of the bank, he looks forward to continuing the relationship as well as visiting the hospital again.

He also expressed their profound sense of joy and appreciation to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and also reiterated their firm commitment to further strengthen their partnership for the benefit of the people of the Gambia

Foday Jawla Tanka Tanka Psychiatric Hospital matron said the assistance by Trust Bank over the years is dramatically increasing considering the quality of services being given to the patients and therefore thanked them.

He assured them that the items will be put into good use and will serve a long way in facilitating patient care at the hospital.

In conclusion he appealed to other parastatals to emulate Trust Bank in assisting vulnerable people especially those with mental illness.

Author: Cherno Omar Bobb