Sierra Leone Commercial Bank continues to display exemplary corporate social responsibility in the government’s fight against the covid-19 disease.
On Friday July 3rd, 2020 SLCB was at the treatment center at the 34 Military Hospital to make a handsome donation of Le250 million worth of covid-19 items.
Lieutenant Colonel Hassan Kamara speaking on behalf of the 34 Hospital about the handing over of very essential medical items for the fight against Covid 19 noted that
SLCB and the Joint Medical Unit have got a very good relationship and by extension RSLAF and the Ministry of Defense. Donating to the fight against covid19 he said was something that President Bio would appreciate very much.
SLCB Director of Business Development, Moses Sesay, also noted that this was not the first time SLCB has partnered with RSLAF and not the last time.
He stated that in order for the partnership to be coordinated and lively, to establish an outlet within the military hospital to facilitate payment for medical services, they have to do more.
Deputy SLCB Deputy Managing Director, Bockarie Kalokoh who said their coming was not a mistake said they had been watching the Covid 19 for sometime. The military he said is at the center of their response strategy. On behalf of moard, management and staff, he praised the Military medical staff especially Dr. Silvalie for what he called a great job.
He remarked at the great number of recoveries for which he said SLCB must give kudos to the staff for working hard and sacrificing their lives to ensure that Sierra Leoneans are safe from the disease.
The SLCB deputy MD stated that the donation was a follow up on the one done the day before at the Emergency Operations Center where SLCB donated Le500 million as its contribution towards the fight. “This shows we are progressing,” he said.
“We want to come here on a different note next time,” he said and prayed that this finishes very soon.
SLCB he maintained is a responsible Bank. “Very soon we are coming with something that has never happened in this country.”
He thanked the Army for inviting the Bank to the ceremony, adding that the last time when asked by the hospital, SLCB did something small and now they wanted to do something bigger.
As a national bank 100 percent owned by Sierra Leone, SLCB will continue to assist the military in all shape and form; adding that as the most profitable bank in the country, they do not have to be greedy.“We share our profits with our fellow Sierra Leoneans.”
Noting that the 37 military hospital in Ghana has made massive development strides, compared to ours, Mr. Sesay said this was a call to all Sierra Leoneans to improve 34 and take it back the glory of those days.
Dr. Silvalie who is leading the fight against case management and the commanding officer of JMU with its headquarter at 34 hospital encouraged SLCB to continue wit their good work.
“It reassures us of greater things to come,” he said whilst thanking the SLCB leadership for supporting the fight against Covid 19. He stated that the relationship between 34 and SLCB comes a long way and has a bigger one with RSLAF.
He stated that he was aware of the two donations made to EOC and 34.
“I encourage you to keep going; your contribution has been wonderful and contributingto patients here is backbone of the fight.”
Calling the donated items that included PPEs, respirators, etc, which he called critical to case management, Dr Silvalie added that SLCB has helped the hospital to establish a facility to strengthen financial services and the hospital’s accountability system; as well as contributing Le50 million towards rehabilitation of the road.
He mentioned how SLCB has made life easuier for officers, men and women at Wilberforce with the banking facility at Bottom Mango that saves them from going to town for their banking transactions.
A friend in need is a friend indeed, he remarked, stating that SLCB deserves a round of applause for that.
Stating that this is what SLCB has done for them, Dr Silvalie thanked SLCB on behalf of the NACOVERC National Coordinator, Defense Minister Bigadier General Kellie Conteh.