President Muhammadu Buhari has commended Sterling Bank Plc for supporting the administration’s initiative of providing affordable health services to Nigerians through strategic partnership with the Ministry of Health.
Such partnership, according to the President, will serve as an enabler for the Ministry of Health to achieve its goal of revamping the health sector and ensuring efficient management of health facilities across the country.
He gave the commendation in Abuja while inaugurating the Model Primary Healthcare Centre for Universal Coverage in Nigeria, located at Kuchigoro, Abuja Municipal Council, the lender said in a statement on Tuesday.
Buhari was said to have specifically commended the bank for its financing support for the project, focused on ensuring sustainable health for vulnerable women, children and the elderly at little or no cost to beneficiaries.
The President also commended other partners, who had demonstrated strong commitment to supporting the government’s efforts to making health services more affordable and accessibile.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sterling Bank, Mr. Yemi Adeola, said the lender had accepted the request of the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, to serve as a primary partner to the ministry on all health-related developments.
He stated that the bank remained committed to supporting the healthcare centre in Kuchigoro.
According to Adeola, the bank is also supporting the 2016 edition of the Nigerian Service Delivery Innovation Challenge organised by the Federal Ministry of Health.
The statement quoted him as saying, “At Sterling Bank, we believe health is extremely important; to value health, you need to visit a hospital to see what people are passing through.”
Adeola explained that as part of the bank’s commitment to a healthy environment, it had invested over N500m in various activities under the Sterling Make Over corporate social responsibility initiative.