The maternity wards of the C.B. Dunbar Hospital in Gbarnga, Bong County, the C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata, Margibi County, and the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, Montserrado County, were scenes of joy for women who recently gave birth, when the management of Ecobank Liberia donated assorted toiletry materials for the mothers and their infants.
Nearly 100 women benefitted from the donations which were hand delivered to them by the bank’s staff in the presence of its newly assigned Managing Director, George Mensah-Asante.
Presenting the gift items, Gibson Kollie, Head of Domestic Banking, and Trokon Jackson, Head of Client Engagement Management, said the items represent the bank’s way of identifying with those they believe were in need of ‘something’ to celebrate the Christmas.
The gift items included baby diapers, powder, detergents, bathing soap, and napkins.
Administrators of the three hospitals took the bank’s delegation on tours of the maternal wards, where they distributed the items. The donations, according to Ecobank officials, is the bank’s way of touching the lives of women and their children in celebration of Ecobank Day across the globe, which coincides with the festive season.
Surprised by the bank’s gesture, the mothers said in separate statements that the gift items could not have come at a better time during this festive season.
One of the beneficiaries, Madam Musu Kromah, thanked the Ecobank management for the gesture promising to use the items for her baby’s wellbeing.
“I am very happy, but surprised, because nobody told us that Ecobank was coming here to make a donation to us,” she said, adding, “The items Ecobank brought are those things that the mothers need the most when they have just given birth.”
The maternity wards of the hospitals were jammed packed with women who had just given birth, but were seeking medical attention they could otherwise not afford.
Ma Zinnah, one of the new mothers, joined the other women to thank Ecobank for the donation, and urged the bank to continue with its humanitarian gesture to other women in need.
The administrator of Redemption Hospital, Dominic Rennie, for his part, thanked Ecobank for the donation to the mothers.
“I believe that they will all remember these gifts since, in fact, they are receiving them on the celebration of Ecobank Day, and particularly around the festive seasons,” Rennie said.
He said to remember the women on this day means a lot to them, and therefore, “I must appreciate Ecobank for this gesture because it is very timely.”
He expressed the hope that the bank will remember the women of Liberia and do more during 2017.
The bank chose these hospitals because they are government-owned facilities that often accommodate less fortunate patients.
Mr. Asante said the bank deemed it prudent to assist the health system by responding to the needs and priorities of women and girls, especially in maternal health care, across the bank’s footprint on the African continent.
“So, on behalf of the Ecobank family, I am pleased to donate these baby bags comprising assorted toiletries for both women, who just gave birth at these health centers, and their children,” he told the administrators.