Standard Chartered Bank Sensitizes Slum Communities on Cholera
One of the leading commercial banks in Sierra Leone, Standard Chartered Bank, on Saturday October 6th, continued its laudable corporate social responsibility by using its resources to educate people on the ills of Cholera.
This public educational seminar was organized purely for residents living slum communities, such as the Mabella and Old Wharf community in the east-end-area of the capital of Freetown.
Standard Chartered Bank declared the month of October as ‘Volunteering Month’ to help out rustics communities suffering from poor social degradations across Africa.
The bank has mandated it 120 staffs to engage as volunteers to fight the Cholera epidemic. Speaking on this issues Head of Corporate Affairs of Standard Chartered Bank in Sierra Leone, Madam Kumba Ngongou said that the Bank’s responsibility is not only limited to money transactions and maximizing profit, but also to tackles health hazards for the living conditions of residents living areas of operations as part of its corporate responsibility.
Madam Ngongou stressed the need to collaborate with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and the Government of Sierra Leone, to combat any epidemic in the country including Cholera, noting that it is worthwhile to reach these communities and by educating them on the precautions and treatment of Cholera.
She explained further that for a very long time now the bank has been supporting poor communities including others in fulfillment its corporate social responsibility. She assured that the Bank is committed in building a sustainable business relationship with communities in which they operate.
She commended UNICEF and other working partners for their support towards combating a Cholera outbreak which erupted some few months back.
In response, residents of communities that benefited from the sensitization promised to observe the messages given to them and further prevent the disease in their communities.
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