We have instituted an annual health screening scheme
to help improve the health status of the members of the
operating communities in the Ashanti region and beyond.
We have over the years three(3) years screened over one
thousand members of the public in various clinical
diseases including Diabetes, Prostrates Cancer,
Hepatitis B, Malaria, Pediatrics and child care. The
screening is done on 1st May of every year and it is
absolutely free of charge. At the end of the screening
beneficiaries are given medications also for free.
Free Medical Screening
for Local Communities
As part of its corporate social responsibility
initiatives, the Yaa Asantewaa Bank is investing in the
health and other social activities within its
For the second year running, the bank held its annual
health outreach in the Ejisu and Atonsu communities to
commemorate the 2014 May Day.
Over 800 residents benefitted from the free medical
outreach program – men, women and children in the local
communities were screened for some chronic, lifestyle
and infectious diseases.
“So far we are coming up with people who never knew they
were diabetic but now because of the fact that we did
the sugar screening and they are high, we are referring
them to go for further investigations to confirm their
diabetic status,” observed Dr. Frank Nketia-Boakye,
medical team leader.
He has emphasized the need for the Ghanaian adult
population to go for regular screening of chronic
diseases, especially hepatitis, hypertension and
Early medication attention, he believes, will save lots
of lives from such conditions.
Mr. Samuel Addo Otoo who is the Board Chairman of the
Bank is enjoining other financial institutions to join
forces in such community health exercises to impact on
the lives of local people.
“Rural banking is a community-based venture to help the
people improve their total lives, not just in terms of
monetary and it is said that you can only go about your
normal business when you are healthy. So I’ll encourage
other banks to come on board to support the project,” he
The 2012 ARB- Apex Bank Report on the performance of
rural and community banks shows that Yaa Asantewaa Rural
Bank was the best (1st ) out of 133 rural and community
banks in Ghana in terms of capital adequacy. The bank’s
capital adequacy was 71.4% as at 31st December 2012; the
13th and 3rd largest rural and community bank in Ghana
and Ashanti Region respectively in terms of paid-up
Sporting activities are often used as tools for social
integration, social cohesion and peace building
processes in communities, irrespective of cultural,
religious or political background of residents.
The Yaa Asantewaa Rural Bank however wants to harness
the power of sports to positively engage local
communities to be economically empowered for sustainable
The bank has instituted an annual sports competition for
some communities in the Ashanti region to help people to
transform their communities through socially-inclusive
Board Chairman, Samuel Addo Otoo says the bank is
inspired by the prowess of the legendary Yaa Asantewaa
“who achieved all that she did, not only because she was
a queen mother or a brave woman but because she was also
healthy; at the moment we’re not dealing with colonial
masters but the major issue is with poverty and we
believe a healthy person can save more”.
Sixteen communities in the Ejisu traditional area
participated in the three-day Easter Football Gala,
whilst ten other localities in the Atwima Nwabiagya
District engaged in a variety of indoor games and track
events including sack race, tug-of-peace, draft, Ludo
The competition was under the theme: “A Healthy Person
Saves Even More Income”. Participating communities
learnt the important life skills including leadership,
teamwork, respecting rules, discipline and perseverance.
According to Mr. Otoo, sports is an important platform
for awareness creation on the importance of unity to
pool resources for wealth creation and to gain financial
People in the Atwima Nwabiagya district, for instance,
are being supported to establish the Atwima Co-operative
Credit Union to create employment, ease access to
business finance and mobilize resources to build a
health facility for the community.
“The sporting activities are therefore aimed at
supporting communities to live healthy lifestyles to
reduce their medical bills, improve surplus income and
channel resources to Yaa Asantewaa Rural Bank; we have
various products and accounts that they can put their
money in towards their future development and personal
life goals”, noted Mr. Otoo.
The Ejisu tournament was won by Ampabame All Stars who
beat Ejisu Warriors in a 6:5 penalty shootout. Finalists
took home cash rewards.
Ejisumanhene, Nana Afranie Okesse IV, who presented the
trophy to the winning team, was excited at the outcome
of the event.
He announced plans to organize similar sporting event
for institutions and professions in the Ejisu
Municipality on May 1
Free Health Screening for
In the heat of the ongoing strike by the Ghana Medical
Association (GMA), residents of Ejisu Municipality in
Ashanti had an opportunity to benefit from a free
medical outreach program.
About 300 men, women and children in the local
communities received attention for minor medical cases
and also accessed some pharmaceutical products.
The health support program was initiated by the Yaa
Asantewaa Rural Bank in collaboration with the Ejisu
Traditional Council, to commemorate the 2013 May Day.
Specialists from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital and
Ejisu Government Hospital were present to offer checks
for diabetics, cholesterol level, breast cancer, blood
pressure, sight, among other ailments.
According to Dr. Frank Nketia-Boakye, who led the
medical team, about 15 percent of the adult population
screened suffered chronic diseases – hypertension and
He observed that most patients were unaware of their
conditions because “people don’t usually undergo regular
medical screening as part of our culture”.
He has, however, called for a change in the practice,
emphasizing that quarterly check-up for medical status
would promote good health.
The May Day event included sporting activities,
targeting corporate institutions, professional bodies
and the working populace within the Ejisu Municipality.
It kicked off with a health walk involving the
Ejisumanhene, Oguakro Afranie Okesse IV, Municipal Chief
Executive, Municipal Police Commander and other heads of
The theme was: “Healthy Living; a Key to Financial
Board Chairman of Yaa Asantewaa Rural Bank, Samuel Otoo,
emphasized the bank’s focus on health and sports as part
of its corporate social responsibility projects to
contribute towards the upliftment and development of the
“We need to impact on society no matter how many years
we’ve been in existence; it depends on the vision and
the goals that you want to achieve”, he stated. “We
believe that when the people in the catchment area are
healthy, they’ll spend much less on medical bills, and
also; they’ll be able to focus on their savings, to
improve their lives”.
The objective of the events, Mr. Otoo noted, is to build
a healthy workforce as well as offer a platform for
socialization for good community living.
The Yaa Asantewaa Rural bank plans to undertake regular
health screening exercises to keep the local communities
in good health.