Scotiabank to provide 100 meals daily to SWRHA frontliners
Scotiabank is one of the latest entities in corporate Trinidad to offer assistance in the fight against COVID-19.
The bank has committed to providing 100 meals on a daily basis for one month in the first instance to medical staff at the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA).
This initiative is in addition to other measures already implemented to showcase support for frontline healthcare employees, which includes priority service in branches and proactive engagement by customer service representatives on financial relief options available to them.
Under this new initiative, Emergency Department staff at the San Fernando General Hospital and District Health Facilities in Couva, Princes Town, Point Fortin and Siparia began receiving daily meals, courtesy Scotiabank, last Wednesday.
Stephen Bagnarol - Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Limited saluted these essential medical personnel for their heart, courage and commitment.
He said: We recognise the critical role our frontline medical personnel play during a crisis such as this. They are truly heroes who are working continuously, with little time for breaks and are away from their families for extended periods.”
“We’re pleased to help provide these meals to the SWRHA emergency teams, joining other members of corporate T&T who are already doing so for the other regional health authorities and the dedicated COVID-19 hospitals,” he added.
Dr. Brian Armour - Chief Executive Officer, SWRHA expressed gratitude for the gesture.
Meanwhile, the bank has also begun its work with local NGOs and charities helping to provide relief and essentials during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bagnarol said the Bank is committed to supporting the emerging needs of local charities as the crisis continues to unfold, and will be working with local NGOs in the weeks and months to come to help provide assistance to those who need it most.
“We have already made a donation to the Foundation for the Enhancement and Enrichment of Life (FEEL) to assist in the distribution of facemasks to members of the public,” he continued.
Globally, Scotiabank is supporting community response efforts amid the COVID-19 pandemic across its footprint. Earlier this month, the Bank announced its CAD$2.5-million global contribution to support those populations and communities most at risk during the COVID-19 outbreak.