Mbeya Regional Commissioner, Albert Chalamila said here yesterday after receiving the donation valued at over 15m/- that NMB is a good and responsible corporate citizen that is doing good work in the southern highlands region.
“I call upon other banks, public and private companies to follow suit on this exemplary behaviour by NMB management and staff. We still have a lot of challenges facing education and health sectors which the state alone cannot solve,” Chalamila said.
Earlier briefing the Regional Commissioner on the state of public health facilities in the region, acting Regional Medical Officer, Dr Ismail Macha said the donation came at the most appropriate time when Mbeya is facing numerous challenges in delivery quality health services.
“In addition to thanking NMB for this support, I also request the bank’s management not to forget us in future because we are still in need,” Dr Macha said while noting the hospital beds and other medical equipment will be better utilised to meet intended use.
Speaking at the same event, acting NMB Southern Highlands Zone Manager, Hamadan Silliah said the donation targets Mbeya Referral Hospital, Idunda Health Center and Mwakibete Secondary School.
“We know and understand the challenges which public health and education facilities are facing in providing services to the majority of our people hence the decision to support such areas,” Silliah who is also Mbalizi Road’s NMB Branch Manager noted.
The donation comprised of 156 pieces of iron sheets, 53 desks, seven beds including two for the labour wards, mattresses and bed sheets. The country’s largest commercial banks by physical branch network, profitability and number of customers has allocated 1bn/- for investment in community projects this year with education, health and disaster relief being given priority.