As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the Access Bank Retail Operations Group has donated hospital equipment to the Primary Health Care Centre (PHC) at Gurku 1, Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

Ms Emem Ukoh, Zonal Head, Abuja 1, Retail Operations of the bank, on Thursday led the delegation to donate the equipment.

The theme for the Access Bank’s CSR for the year 2023 is “Nurturing Love for Babies and Mothers.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the equipment donated include one Double Suction Machine, two Delivery Forceps, two Delivery Beds and one Commode Wheelchair.

Others are two Resting bed after delivery, one Analog Sterilizer and two Mattresses.

According to Ukoh, the CSR is a way of giving back to the community by Access Bank Retail Operations Group.

“Whatever we can do, we do it with all our hearts. We thank the Karu Local Government and staff of the PHC for giving us the opportunity to give back.

“We renovated the delivery room of the PHC and provided those equipment to ensure that women get the best service and treatment during pregnancy and delivery.

“We normally go to different communities across the country to fix things. We did that in six health centres across the country.

This is part of our CSR. We do this because we observed that women face challenges during delivery and that is why we decided to bring these equipment.

“We hope and pray to God to give us the strength to do more and we pray for safer deliveries in this facility. No woman will die during delivery in this health centre,” Ukoh said.

She reiterated that the Bank’s CSR was so far carried out in six Primary Health Centres Across the Country.

NAN reports that other principal officers from Access Bank Bank in the delegation include Udeme Nwosu, Zonal Head Abuja 2 Retail Operations, and Morenike Ojewunmi, Head, Retail Operations – North.

Others were members of the Retail Operations Group of Abuja and Nassarawa and members of the Sales team.

Meanwhile, the Health Secretary of Karu LGA, Mr Uye Wumani, lauded the effort of the Bank and the Group.

“Some of us in the village never had this kind of opportunity. I pray and urge the community to take this opportunity and use them. I am sure that the hospital can now deliver more women.”

Speaking, Ms Ibrahim Happy Auta, the Principal Community Health Extension Worker in charge of the PHC, Gurku 1, commended Access Bank and its Retail Operation Group, adding that it is a dream come true for her.

Auta explained that the Bank renovated the Labour Room and promised to do more, saying “these equipment is something that our yearly subvention could not afford”.

A community member, Hajiya Sadiya Haruna, appreciated Access Bank Retail Operation Group, adding that the PHC lacks a lot of things.

“But with the donation of these equipment, women in this community will get the best treatment during pregnancy and delivery.” (NAN)

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