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As part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives, the Yaa Asantewaa Bank is investing in the health and other social activities within its operational catchment.

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 diabetes. 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 said

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 share capital.