In line with its annual corporate social responsibility, ASA Savings and Loans has sponsored the health screening of about 200 residents of Penkwase, a suburb of Sunyani in the Bono Region.
Beneficiaries of the free health screening were mostly market women and micro business operators. They were screened for health conditions and diseases such as malaria, typhoid, blood sugar and blood pressure.
During the screening, all those who required medication were sorted out, while others who were in need of further medical attention were advised to do so. The women also received free treated insecticide nets.
The exercise took place at the Penkwase Business Centre under the umbrella of the Sunyani Area. Health professionals from the Rafchik Hospital at Abesim in the Sunyani municipality performed the screening.
The Sunyani Area Manager of ASA Savings and Loans, Isaac Agyapong, said the Penkwase screening was the third CSR activity implemented in 2022 within the Area’s jurisdiction, saying “we have organized similar activity at Berekum and Dormaa-Ahenkro Business Centres. We will replicate the screening at Fiapre Business Centre and Sunyani main branch before the year ends.”
“These activities are in line with our corporate policy to among others organize free health screening for our cherished customers and community members every month. This is one way of giving back to society,” he added.
A beneficiary of the screening, Ayisah Abass, 42, in an interview commended the financial institution for expanding its priorities to incorporate the healthcare of customers.
“I have been selling groundnut for almost 18 years and dealt with many financial institutions, but the commitment of ASA to the general wellbeing of women traders is incomparable and worth emulating,” she said.