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Polaris Bank Commences Phase IV of Breast Cancer Screening for Staff, Customers

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Polaris Bank Commences Phase IV of Breast Cancer Screening for Staff, Customers
Restates commitment to stemming scourge Polaris Ba...

Restates commitment to stemming scourge Polaris Bank has announced it has commenced breast cancer screening for its staff and customers aimed at reducing the incidence of breast cancer in Nigeria

The Bank’s Group Head, Strategic Brand Management, Nduneche Ezurike, made this known in Lagos while reiterating the Bank’s unwavering commitment and partnership to stem the breast cancer scourge among women

Polaris Bank notes that increased awareness, screening, advocacy, and support will go a long way to reducing the incidence of breast cancer in the country

The screening exercise, which is in its 4th phase, commenced in April and will hold once every month

It is open to the Bank’s interested female staff and customers

The screening exercise is in Partnership with COPE and holds at the NGO’s, Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja, Lagos Office

Mr. Ezurike noted that healthcare is one of the pillars of Polaris Bank’s Corporate Social responsibility (CSR), stressing that its partnership with relevant public-spirited Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs, like Care Organisation Public Enlightenment (COPE), Societal Healthcare Organisation (SHO), and Marcel Ruth Cancer Centre, has enabled it to contribute significantly to the reduction of breast cancer in the country

The Polaris spokesman further noted, “In partnership with the aforementioned NGOs, we have covered five key milestones, namely, awareness, advocacy, capacity-building, prevention, and treatment in an ongoing effort to reverse the negative impact and trend of the scourge and other related health complications

” “We have screened over 22,000 women, including female staff members of the Bank through our prevention program, donated three ultra-modern breast cancer screening machines to enhance quality diagnosis and clinical practices, sponsored the treatment of over 30 indigent cancer patients, and organized/Partnered on a 10-km/6-km walk with over 3,100 participants to draw public attention to the breast cancer scourge,” he said

The President of COPE, Mrs Ebunola Anozie, commended Polaris Bank for the support, care, and encouragement they have so far received from the Bank, stressing that the Bank has been a strong partner behind their initiatives for nearly 20 years now

“For some time, we had difficulty getting the required support for the women

Some of our women used handkerchiefs; some used tissues to fill up their bras

But we are grateful for the timely support of Polaris Bank

They were able to donate prostheses that ensured our breast cancer survivors lived better lives”, Anozie added

Polaris Bank also has several other initiatives to improve the well-being of the womenfolk in general in the country

In 2021 it organized a 3-day intensive capacity-building workshop in Northern Nigeria on life-saving skills for 50 community midwives and health extension workers, randomly selected from 80 per cent public and 20 per cent private hospitals in Kano State in partnership with SHO

Additionally, in seeking ways to address social issues affecting women, and the most vulnerable groups in Northern Nigeria, Polaris Bank also worked in concert with a northern-based NGO and women-focused group, Sisters-Keepers Initiative, to organize a conference in Kano to exchange ideas on the scourge of child neglect, physical abuse, domestic violence, illiteracy, street begging, and child labour

The Bank was adjudged Digital Bank of the Year in 2021 and 2022 by BusinessDay Newspaper’s Banking and Finance Industry Awards (BAFI) alongside other Institutions that recognized VULTe as Nigeria’s best digital Bank, like Nigeria FinTech Awards, amongst others

The Bank was adjudged Digital Bank of the Year in 2021 and 2022 by BusinessDay Newspaper’s Banking and Finance Industry Awards (BAFI) alongside other Institutions that recognized VULTe as Nigeria’s best digital Bank, like Nigeria FinTech Awards, amongst others

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