Ecobank donated items worth more than Two
Hundred Thousand Kwacha (K200,000) to Chainama
Hills College Hospital as it observed the World Mental
Health Day on 22 nd October, 2021 coincidently on the
same day as the Ecobank day under the theme ‘time to
talk and act’.
Speaking at the World Mental Health Day
Commemoration, Ecobank Managing Director,
Charmel Ognin said the bank recognized the need to
assist with various items needed by the hospital, hence
the endowment of various items like mattresses, wheel
chairs and cleaning essentials amongst others.
“Ecobank takes cognizant that we are part of the
community we operate in and as such, we want to
position ourselves as a corporate citizenry that is more
proactive as opposed to being reactive to issues that
affect the community,” he said.
He also said the bank believes that the items will be
used for the right intended purpose.
Mr. Ognin further said that as the theme states, the bank
is not only talking but taking action as well by raising
awareness to help tackle mental health issues which can
affect anyone at any time in life.
Meanwhile, speaking at the same event, Minister of
Health, Sylvia Masebo commended Ecobank for
financially supporting the children’s hospital and the
cancer hospital in Lusaka.
Ms. Masebo also reiterated that the UPND government
under President Hakainde Hichilema is committed to
enabling access to quality health care services
especially reaffirming that president Hichilema and the
government will decentralize mental health care
services to all districts in the country.
“By 2023 the decentralization will be consolidated and
all technocrats should help the ministry of health ensure
that the decentralization is implemented,” she said.
Ms. Masebo also said that the mental health act of 2019
will be implemented and further assured mental health
users present at the event, that a mental health council
would be formed.