DECEMBER 17, 2014 By Victoria Saffa
As part of their corporate social responsibility and to complement national efforts to defeat the deadly Ebola disease, Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) yesterday donated food items worth two hundred million Leones (Le200m) to the Hastings Treatment Centre for the feeding of Ebola patients.
The donation ceremony was held at the Police Training School 1 Treatment Centre at Hastings in the outskirts of Freetown. The ceremony attracted GTBank Executive Director, Segun Obasun; Assistant General Manager and Secretary, Bintu Alhadi; the Centre Clinician 2, Lieutenant Dr. Billy Sankoh; nurses and some staff of the bank.
Making a statement before the donation, GTBank’s Assistant General Manager and Secretary, Bintu Alhadi, stated that the gesture was the bank’s contribution to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country.
She said the bank has sacrificed their usual Christmas celebration to help fight the disease, and that they will play their own part by complementing government’s efforts to combat the disease. The disease, she added, has also gravely affected their business.
Receiving the items, the Centre Clinician 2, Lieutenant Dr. Billy Sankoh, thanked the bank for what he described as “a timely donation”, which he said will be used to provide much needed immune booster for patients admitted at the centre.
He said as medical personnel they have been working very hard to stem the disease, adding that for the past two weeks, new Ebola cases have reduced drastically.
“We used to receive over one hundred and fifty (150) cases per week, but now we are only admitting a little over fifty cases per week, which shows that the cases are reducing and a clear sign that the disease will soon come to an end,” he said with optimism.
The donated items include one hundred and fifty bags of rice, one hundred gallons of vegetable oil, one hundred cartons of tomato, fifty bags of sugar, eighty bags of onion, and fifty cartons of Peak Milk and Ovaltine, among others.