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