Skye Bank Plc has entered into a strategic partnership with the Rivers State Government to help in the fight against the scourge of malaria.
To this end, the bank, through the Stateâ€™s Ministry of Health, is donating 28 bags of insecticide treated nets to the state.
According to a statement by the bank, the gesture, which is coming at a time when the ministry is making a general and holistic effort to fight the malaria menace, is aimed at complementing the effort of the Stateâ€™s ministry of health in ensuring that issues affecting public health in the state are effectively controlled and eliminated.
The statement quoted Mr. Chike Memeh, General Manager, South South of the bank, who presented the item to the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Thompson Parker, as saying that the bank fully identified with the on-going measures and efforts of the ministry to combat malaria in the state.
Memeh stated that, the decision of the bank to partner with the ministry directly is borne out of the realisation that a concerted effort is urgently needed in eliminating and controlling the scourge.
He declared that the bank hopes to extend the partnership with the state in the near future.
In his response, the statement stated that Mr. Parker thanked the bank for its effort, adding that Skye Bank is the first private entity to openly identify with the ministryâ€™s programmes and efforts at controlling malaria.
He called on other private institutions to rise to the occasion by supporting government programmes.
He stated that Rivers State has the best malaria control programme which is being understudied by other states and local authorities, saying that its objective is to ensure that malaria is effectively controlled in the state.
He said his ministry would provide the necessary inputs and materials for all the local government areas and the public health institutions in the state for the eradication of the malaria scourge.
â€œSkye Bank recently partnered with the state government on the 2nd Port Harcourt Tennis Open tournament, and has been at the forefront of infrastructural development in the state, especially in the areas of public transportation and internally generated revenueâ€, the report said.