private commercial bank, Trust Bank limited, yesterday donated sanitary materials worth two hundred thousand dalasi to Tanka Tanka psychiatric hospital
in Mariama Kunda.
The materials included detergents and electrical and plumbing materials to furnish the hospital, which is expected to improve the health conditions of the mentally ill people.
Ebrima Sallah, Managing Director of the bank said the objective of their corporate social responsibility is to bring hope where there is despair, adding that the program is grounded on the principles of sharing and caring.
He said the donation is a great way to give back to the community, saying mental health challenge is one of the most critical health problems and amongst the least understood. “It affects more and more people, and cause untold sufferings to the families of the affiliated. It is a draw back on our human resource and constitutes a financial drain upon both the public and family finances,” he said.
Mr Sillah said for a nation to live up to its own standards of compassion and dignity, mentally ill people should not be neglected in societies. He described mental health service delivery all over the world as a far cry from being satisfactory compared to physical health.
He said the donation is a continuation of a journey that they started several years ago with the objective of complimenting government efforts of improving the lives of people with mental health problems.
He conveyed the company’s appreciation to the Ministry of Health and Social welfare and the board and management of Tanka Tanka, reiterating their commitment to further strengthen the partnership between the company and the hospital.
Kebba Sanneh, Public Relations officers of Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital thanked Trust Bank for coming to their aid in taking cooperate social responsibility to complement government efforts. “This is one of its kind. Health care is very expensive and there is no free medical care around the world,” he said.
He described the gesture as exemplary; hoping that other institutions and organizations will be motivated by the step Trust Bank has taken to improve the health of the mentally ill.
Modou Lamin Barrow, departmental matron at psychiatric hospital said Trust Bank is like a family to the hospital and a partner. He said the materials would be put into good use, noting that it couldn’t have come at a better time when the hospital needed them most.
He also thanked the Bank for the help they have been rendering to the hospital for the past years.