ASA Savings & Loans screens over 200 women on breast cancer

Some of the women being briefed at the screening

ASA Savings and Loans has organized free breast cancer screening for its clients in the Sukura ‘1’ Business Centre in Accra.

About 200 clients from Kaneshie, Mamprobi, Sukura and Dansoman had their breasts screened by medical team from the Breast Cancer Unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

The Deputy Managing Director of ASA Savings and Loans Limited, Shah Md. Abdul Wahab noted that the event is in commemoration of the Breast Cancer Awareness in the month of October.

He indicated that breast cancer awareness is an effort to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of breast cancer through screening and education on symptoms and treatment.

The DMD noted that the breast cancer screening is a nationwide exercise held in six regions across the country.

He noted that women form a core part of the ASA operational model, forming about 99 percent of the 215,000-client base in all the 113 branches in six regions in Ghana.

Mr. Wahab posited that aside the breast screening and awareness, the company has frequently organized medical screening for the treatment of malaria, Hepatitis-B, blood pressure, diabetic, breast cancer, and distribution of mosquito nets as well as donations of food items in 42 communities benefiting 7,401 people at the cost of GHS157, 025.

He intimated that this year, the company budgeted GHS367,500 to increase their support to more deprived communities in which they operate by providing mechanized boreholes, scholarships to needy but brilliant children; general health screening with free medicine, breast cancer screening, distribution of mosquito nets, donation to orphanages and underprivileged schools.

“As at last month ASA Savings and Loans has expensed GHS216, 000 out of the US$75,000 benefiting 8,100 persons through 52 activities in different regions,” the DMD stated.

The Human Resource Manager of ASA Savings and Loans Limited, Edith Anoku noted that the event forms part of their Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) to give back to community in which they operate.

According to her, the life of the women who form majority of their business is key to the sustainability and success of the company.

She added that the frequent medical screening plus medicine is aimed at improving the health of their clients to stay in business.