Ecobank Ghana together with the general public undertook of a health walk to advance the financial institution’s 2019 Ecobank Day Agenda.
With hundreds of participants from all walks of life, the walk included participants from the Health Ministry, Ghana Health Service, non-communicable diseases (NCD) Alliance among others.
Managing Director of Ecobank Ghana, Daniel Sackey called on corporate Ghana to prioritise the fight against non-communicable diseases.
Non-communicable diseases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), are responsible for over 30 per cent of all reported adult deaths in most African countries and it is the leading cause of ill-health, disability and premature deaths globally.
“We can, therefore, not overemphasize the importance of today’s walk which should encourage each of us to cultivate the habit of staying active and healthy,” he stated.
The four-kilometre walk started from the Head office of the bank at Ridge in Accra through to the Osu Cemetery, Accra Sports Stadium, Education Ministry, National Theatre then back to the Ecobank Head Office where participants engaged in some aerobics amidst music.
Ecobank Ghana has singled out non-communicable diseases as the main focus of the Ecobank Day celebration across 33 countries worldwide.
The launch of the Ecobank Day will have activities planned till mid-November including a health walk to commemorate World Diabetes Day among others.
For a seamless administration of activities, Ecobank has collaborated with the Health Ministry, NCD Alliance and WHO on the said project.
The sub-theme for 2019 is “Prevention and Health Promotion” under the key objective of creating awareness across five market centres; Kaneshie – Accra, Ashaiman – Tema, Bantama – Kumasi, Market Circle – Takoradi and Tamale Market Centre – Tamale.