Sterling Bank Plc has hinged its foray into the health sector on the current poor state of the sector in the country and the consequences of this on the citizens coupled with the need for public- private collaboration for adequate repositioning.
This, according to the bank, necessitated its sponsorship of the 2016 edition of the Nigerian Service Delivery Innovation Challenge organised by the Federal Ministry of Health.
The event, which held recently at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja was attended by prominent personalities in the health and other key sectors of the economy including the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed and Executive Director, Sterling Bank Plc, Mr. Abubakar Suleiman who represented the lender’s Managing Director and Chief Executive, Mr. Yemi Adeola among others
The bank in a statement signed by its Chief Marketing Officer, Mr. Henry Bassey, explained that the sponsorship of the innovation challenge was designed to compliment the federal government’s drive towards improving healthcare services in the country.
He further emphasised the bank’s interest in a cleaner healthier environment for Nigerians “as demonstrated in our Sterling Make-Over (STEM) initiative which continues to reinforce our conviction in a cleaner and more prosperous nation”.
The bank expressed optimism that the ‘Challenge’ would contribute to helping Nigeria make progress in the areas of vaccination coverage among young children; check contraceptive prevalence rate among Nigerians; increase Vitamin A coverage among children of between six months to five years of age and promote the use of insecticide-treated bed nets by children under five amongst others.