Stanbic Bank staff have continued their commitment to the Keep Zambia Clean, Green and Healthy campaign with a clean-up of the area around their head office in Addis Ababa Drive this month.
The work followed the bank’s clean-up of the New Government complex and Independence statue surroundings in July.
The move was in response to government’s call for full participation in the recently re-launched campaign from citizens and corporate entities.
The bank demonstrated its commitment to the countrywide cleaning initiative by tidying up the area in and around Stanbic Bank Zambia Head Office on Addis Ababa Drive in Lusaka during August’s ‘Clean up Saturday.’
The need for higher levels of hygiene was made all too clear by the cholera outbreak that rocked the country, especially Lusaka, between October 2017 and March this year. Cholera outbreaks can occur sporadically in any part of the world where water supplies, sanitation, food safety and hygiene practices are inadequate.
Stanbic Head of Public Relations and Communications, Chanda Katongo, said the bank was happy to participate in the campaign because it falls in line with Stanbic’s strategy to promote good health and quality of life in Zambia.
She said: “At Stanbic Bank, we have always strived to incorporate our strong pro-health and hygiene stance in our overall sustainability strategy.
At the height of the recent Cholera outbreak that paralysed much of Lusaka city Stanbic stepped up and joined government and other stakeholders in the fight against the disease by donating over 150 hand sanitiser dispensers and fluids to the 75 schools allowed to re-open in the first phase of hygiene standards inspection of public and private institutions by the Ministry of Health in Lusaka District.
Our goal has always been to transform Stanbic Bank Zambia from a financial services provider to an institution that plays an active role in the community in which it operates.”
Over the years, the bank has been running several community sustainability programmes aimed at raising the standard of living for people in various communities.
These include, among many others, construction of modern mothers’ shelters at rural clinics across the country to help reduce the distance expectant mothers must travel to access proper health services; renovation of a children’s ward at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH), and supporting the Jubilee Market initiative which aims to construct modern markets to provide local micro business owners with hygienic trading facilities rather than selling at the roadside.
“Stanbic Bank Staff from across the country will participate in the monthly countrywide cleaning initiatives organised by the state, and other initiatives that may improve and promote good hygiene in the country,” Mrs Katongo said.
Earlier this year, Republican President H.E Edgar Chagwa Lungu re-launched the “Keep Zambia Clean Green and Healthy” campaign to help reduce the chances of an outbreak of poor sanitation related diseases and preserve the environment to improve the general appearance of towns, cities and the countryside.
Under the campaign, cleaning is done over a three hour period on the last Saturday of every month.