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09.05.2008 General News

Barclays Donates To Flood Victims

By Times Reporter - newtimesonline.com

Mr. Kwamena Bartels, Minister of the Interior, has received, on behalf of the Ghana Red Cross Society, a cheque for 75, 000 dollars from the Barclays Banks in support of the flood victims in the three northern regions.

The money is to be used to establish health facilities in the regions to help address the health needs of flood victims.

Making the presentation at a short ceremony in Accra, Mrs Mwanakatwe, Managing Director of the bank said the donation was part of the bank’s social responsibility to assist the flood victims in that critical period.

She said that the donation was the second of its kind with the first being 46,000 dollars donated to assist the victims through a disaster fund it created.

She said the disaster is a national issue which required national attention and urged individuals, groups and other organisations to help assist the victims in that distress moment.

'What has happened in the three northern regions is disastrous which requires the attention and assistance of all so that we can help our colleagues in this critical moment,' she said.

Mr. Bartels said the flood has destroyed crops and other agricultural products which in itself pose that a looming danger to the country’s food security since a lot of foodstuffs and millet come from the regions may cease.

The president of the Ghana Red Cross Society, Prof Stephen Adei, said the International Federation of Red Cross has pledged $1 million towards finding lasting solution to the flood situation in the regions.

The Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Gladys Ashitey, who was at the function said her outfit will do its best to ensure that the facilities are established to address the health needs of the victims.

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