Samia lauds NBC on health, education gift

30Aug 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Zanzibar
The Guardian
Samia lauds NBC on health, education gift

​​​​​​​PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan on Saturday officiated at the handing over of a mobile clinic provided by NBC Bank to the Zanzibar government, besides launching Kizimkazi Preparatory School that the bank renovated.

NBC managing director Theobald Sabi (R) briefs President Samia Suluhu Hassan about the bank’s sponsorship of rehabilitated classes at Kizimkazi Mkunguni kindergarten during the ceremony held in Zanzibar over the weekend.

She expressed gratitude to the thanked the bank for its efforts, urging the financial sector as a whole to redouble its efforts to support government efforts in uplifting welfare of the people, especially as regards improving maternal and child health services in the Islands,

At the rally held in the president’s birthplace Kizimkazi Village of Mkunguni ward in Zanzibar South region she said that such donations directly impact on the people. “I urge you to continue to support the government in bringing development to the people in all areas," she appealed.

The Zanzibar minister for Health, Social Welfare, the Elderly, Gender and Children, Nassor Ahmed Mazrui had earlier received medical equipment including ‘ultrasound’ machines for use at the mobile clinic, where he thanked the bank leadership for its gesture of support, expressing assurances that the government would ensure the support reaches the targeted sections of society.

 “This support is important and much needed. Our role as a government is to ensure that the medical equipment is kept up to date and used as intended, as it will help save the lives of Zanzibaris, in particular mothers and infants..

Pledging to continue working with the bank on issues related to social welfare, he said the the bank's record in providing services to the islanders has plenty to do with how it interacts with the community, in particular businesses.

This commitment will strengthen the bank’s position as a result of the partnership it has struck with the Zanzibar community, the minister declared.

For his part, NBC Bank CEO Theobald Sabi said the donation valued at 275m/- was a continuation of the bank's efforts in corporate social responsibility (CSR), driven by its commitment to working with the community it serves.

NBC Bank has been touched by the various challenges in health and education services in Zanzibar, apart from other regions, he stated, noting that it works with the two governments to address the challenges facing health and education sectors.

In future there will be more efforts to deliver support in specific areas, he promised, citing needs in Pemba Island as one such area.

Services made available at the mothers and children clinic will be provided free of charge, costs shouldered by the bank in collaboration with Zanzibar state agencies.

 Any technical defects arising will be sorted out by NBC Bank, with the service to health professionals likely to enable the bank to reach targeted audiences, as  it strives to help save lives, especially of mothers and children.

NBC Bank funded the construction of a classroom building at Kizimkazi Preparatory School, buying desks furniture for classrooms, and a stove for cooking meals for students, apart from sports equipment to enjoy various games.

Wanu Bakari, the coordinator for reproductive and child health services in the ministry, said the support was timely as the government was struggling to increase access to health services in remote areas, to stem the threat of mortality during childbirth.

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