Fidelity Bank Plc with its Consistent Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) objectives, has donated over a 50-bed capacity isolation centre at Ekwulobia General Hospital to the Anambra State Government.
Equipped with medical equipment and other state-of-the-art facilities, the bank on Saturday donated the isolation centre to assist the Willie Obiano-led administration in the fight against the dreaded Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Bank’s Regional Head, Awka, Anambra State, Henry Asiegbu, speaking at the handover ceremony on Saturday, June 6th, 2020, said; “The gesture is part of the bank’s CSR policy anchored on a commitment to enhancing the lives and wellbeing communities where the bank operates. The government and people of Anambra State have been very supportive of Fidelity Bank. It was therefore expedient that we rose to the occasion to fund this centre for the benefit of the people of Ndi-Anambra and Nigerias.”
“Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 in Nigeria, the bank had remained in the forefront of galvanizing requisite resources to support governments’ response to the Coronavirus pandemic as exemplified by monetary donations to other State governments including Plateau State, Kebbi State, Benue State, Kano State, amongst others. This is in spite of our contributions to the Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID).”
“Corporate philanthropy and social giving is at the core of the bank’s philosophy and outlook because bank believes that organisations and the societies where they does business are in a symbiotic relationships.”
However, Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, in his remarks said that the facility was to ensure that Covid-19 patients in the State received first-rate medical treatment.
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, said though the number of Covid-19 cases in Anambra remained minimal, the facility was necessary to ensure the state’s readiness for any eventuality.
Okeke also thanked the bank for its laudable contributions to the growth and development of Anambra State.
Similarly, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Vincent Okpala, said; “The 50-bed capacity Isolation Center has the capacity to effectively cater to the needs of patients. I commend the bank for the gesture, it is a demonstration of good neighborliness. The facility is equipped with oxygen concentrators, mobilizers and other machines that will help the fight against Covid-19.”