Access Bank staff support physically challenged persons to walk

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Seventeen (17) physically challenged persons who could neither stand

nor walk on their own, now have the opportunity to freely move around

with the help of prosthetic limbs fitted courtesy of staff of Access

Bank (Ghana) Limited.

The beneficiaries were fitted with customised artificial limbs by the

National Prosthetics and Orthotics Centre (NPOC) over a four week

period and trained to exercise their new body parts before their

discharge from the centre.

The latest humanitarian initiative forms part of Access Bank's

Employee Volunteering Program which allows staff to invest their time,

skills and financial resources in meaningful projects within

communities where the Bank operates.

Addressing the Group and members of the Centre during a short ceremony

to climax the 4-week project, Dr. Thompson, Head of Prosthetics at the

Centre expressed profound appreciation to staff of Access Bank for

their sponsorship.

"The centre for a very long time has supported the whole country with

very little resource in terms of human capital and other logistics

needed to bring relief to patients.

This gesture is very heart warming and we ask other stakeholders to

join hands to ensure that people with disabilities are catered for in

the community", he urged.

The Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Ebenezer Appiah

Denkyira who was the special guest at the event, noted that until

recently, the National Prosthetic and Orthotics Centre used wood to

generate limbs, making them rather difficult to use. But with the help

of prosthetics, more refined limbs can now be manufactured within two


He said "the intervention by Access Bank is helping to alleviate the

hospital's financial and logistical constraints" and called on other

public spirited organisations and individuals to support what he

called the "laudable initiative to improve the health care delivery

system in Ghana"

The Executive Director for Operations and IT in Access Bank, Kameel

Adebayo, who is also a member of the staff volunteering group, was

excited by the outcome of their intervention, said "the smiles on the

patients' faces as they try out their limbs is priceless and we are

proud to be a part of this great cause".

The Project Director, Kennedy Effah explained the decision to take up

this project stemmed from a firm belief that physically challenged

persons deserve all the support they can get in order to live their

lives with dignity and make meaningful contributions to society.

Access Bank staff, every year, come up with various social

intervention programmes as their contribution to society for

sustainable impact to improve living conditions in the areas of

health, education as well as the arts.

Credit: Myjoyonline

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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