UBN donates to VVF centre in Kano

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Union Bank has once again taken a stand for women with its support for those affected by Vestigovaginal Fistula (VVF), through donations to the women’s VVF hostel, Kwali, Kano State.

The donations made by the Bank, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives include a refurbished wing of the women’s hostel, a vehicle as well as much needed beddings, medicines and medical supplies.According to a 2015 report by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Nigeria accounts for 40% of global fistula cases with between 50,000 – 100,000 women sustaining an obstetric fistula due to child birth every year.

Driven by this information, the Bank responded to a call for assistance to provide support for some of the young women battling this condition.This initiative highlights the Bank’s commitment to improving the lives of Nigerians and actively supporting the communities within which it operates.

Speaking at the handover ceremony which was attended by the Emir of Kano, HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (CON), the Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank, Emeka Emuwa said: “We are proud to be a part of this project and are pleased to have been called upon to make a difference in the lives of these young women. It is our hope that our contribution will go a long way in making them more comfortable as they seek to repair and rebuild their lives.”

While commending Union Bank for responding promptly to the call for assistance, which he had made some months earlier, the Emir of Kano said: “This is a project that has been very close to my heart. It is a matter about which I have great concerns. We thank Union Bank for their tremendous support.

Our hope and prayer is that in a few years, there will be no more women with VVF in Kano.”Other dignitaries who attended the handover ceremony were the Kano State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Yardada Bitchi, and the Permanent Secretary, State Ministry for Health, Muhammad Ahmed, who represented the State Commissioner for Health.

In addition to the donations, the Bank also organised intensive vocational, life skills and financial literacy trainings for the girls in a bid to equip them with necessarily skills they would require for their reintegration into the society.In the spirit of the season of giving, Union Bank has also commenced the distribution of staple food items to underprivileged persons across the country in a campaign tagged UnionCares.

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