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Ecobank Zambia contributes ZMW500,000 to Ministry of Health to fight COVID-19

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Ecobank Zambia Country Risk Manager Mr. Gabriel Mwami presenting the Cheque to the Health Minister Hon.Dr. Chitalu Chilufya.

Lusaka, Zambia April 29th 2020 -Ecobank Zambia has contributed ZMW500,000 to the Ministry of Health towards the fight against COVID-19. It has also removed fees on transfers to MTN Money and Airtel Money on transfers of up to ZMW200 to encourage its customers to use digital platforms and remit money via contactless transactions. Ecobank Zambia has increased the daily transaction limit to ZMW20,000 on mobile banking.

Ecobank has donated a total of US$3 million to 35 African countries across its footprint to combat COVID-19.

Mr. Gabriel Mwami, Country Risk Manager of Ecobank Zambia said: “COVID-19 is a major threat to everyone around the world and it is essential that we all take the steps necessary to help prevent its spread in Zambia. We hope that the donation of ZMW500,000 to our Ministry of Health will help them acquire the necessary hospital equipment such as testing kits, masks and ventilators to help combat this virus.”

Ecobank is committed to the safety of its staff and customers and is following guidance from the WHO, governments in countries where it has offices, and health agencies in implementing best practice for its employees and customers. It has suspended all non-essential business travel and cancelled physical meetings, replacing them with virtual meetings. Staff and customers no longer shake hands as a greeting and must stay at least 2 metres apart. Regular hand washing with soap and water and alcohol-based hand sanitisers is mandatory. The bank has limited the number of people that can enter its branches at one time. It carries out temperature checks at all premises and branches and tellers and front office employees wear face masks and gloves and maintain a 2
metre distance. Staff do not exchange phones or equipment with customers when carrying out transactions and regularly wipe down equipment and surfaces with disinfectant wipes. All Xpress Point agents have been asked to carry out the preventative measures implemented in branches.

Ecobank’s ATMs and call centres remain open and it offers the full range of banking services via its digital platforms. Consumer Bank customers can use Ecobank Mobile App & Ecobank Online Commercial Bank customers can use Ecobank Omni Lite Corporate and Investment Bank customers can use Ecobank OMNI.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Thats a good gesture as corporate citizen displayed by Ecobank. My only worry is that these funds are landing in PF’s pockets. They are busy positioning themselves on how to loot these funds. PF government is so wicked!

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  2. Stop giving these thieves cash…just buy PPE and donate it because Chilufya will go and order evrything from his Indian friends at inflated prices.

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    • Sorry dear, even donated materials are already on the black market. We are in trouble with these bandits.

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  3. People should stop giving this “hon” minister money until he learns to wear a mask properly!

    Again, shameful to see the Minister of Health (of HEALTH, no less!) abuse himself and the public by exposing his nose when pretending to wear a mask. Does he not imagine the virus can go in and out of his “nose holes”? Why wear a mask at all?

    Especially in public at a photo op! Does he not see his job is to be the face of health in Zambia, something of a role model for the people? Apparently, his own discomfort breathing behind a mask is more important. Or maybe it’s just ignorance?

    Sir, please take this as the advice you need and get serious! What I suggest is easy so wear your mask properly not like some idio’t schoolboy with his tie around the forehead. Zambia needs you!

  4. Pehaps i have been away fro too long as the fake KZ (Mushota) keeps saying. What does ZMW stand for in the donation? I am kind of lost on this one, pardon me!!

  5. We appreciate the wonderful gesture, our only plea is that for you EcoBank to follow up how your hard earned money is going to be used. As it is the big chunk of it will end up in politicians back pockets leaving the poor like nothing happened, please follow up.

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