Dfcu Bank Uganda, last week renewed its support of emergency medical services, announcing an increment in its financial contribution to St. John’s ambulance Uganda. The announcement was made during a press briefing at the St. John’s ambulance services offices on Buganda Road, Kampala.
Dfcu Bank’s Head of Brand Marketing Communication, Jude Kansiime said the renewed commitment was the Bank’s way of increasing its support; to what is a dire situation.
“Dfcu Bank has been supporting the services offered by St. John’s Ambulance for the last 5 years. This support has been in the form of monthly fuel, which is a key need if an organization wishes to provide timely emergency medical services. Today, dfcu Bank is glad and honored to announce that we will both continue with and increase our contribution to this crucial service.”
“As part of the emergency support pillar under our Sustainability strategy, I am pleased to announce that dfcu Bank will double our monthly contribution to St. John’s Ambulance Uganda, which will allow them to operate a second ambulance and in turn provide urgently needed emergency medical services to those in need,” Kansiime added.
“Lack of sufficient emergency services is one of the leading causes of death in Uganda. Less than 10 per cent of patients are transferred to hospitals and clinics by ambulances, which results in tragedies that could have been prevented. This is why our commitment to St. John’s Ambulance is important to us as an institution- we see it as a way to give back and improve the quality of life in the communities in which we operate,” he continued.
Christine Kasirye, the National Executive Secretary, St. John’s Ambulance commended dfcu Bank; for their continued and humanitarian support to its operations. “Over the last 5 years, dfcu Bank has proved itself a dedicated and stable partner to the work that we do. One of the key elements needed for the successful provision of emergency medical services, is timely arrival to the scene of the emergency and thereafter to a hospital or clinic. The monthly fuel contributions from dfcu Bank have helped us save countless lives,” Ms. Kasirye said.
“By providing fuel for a second ambulance, dfcu Bank is giving us the ability and means to reach more patients, provide urgent medical aid and as a result, save more lives. On behalf of St. John’s Ambulance, I extend our gratitude to the management of dfcu Bank for their pro-active support of emergency medical services,” Ms. Kasirye concluded.
With the increased funding, dfcu Bank’s contribution to St. John’s Ambulance will add up to Shs 24,000,000 per year.