FIRST BANK RESTATES COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SAFETY, DISINFECTS BRANCH AS STAFF TESTS POSITIVE TO COVID-19~NEWSEXTRA - News Extra Online

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Wednesday, 17 June 2020

FIRST BANK RESTATES COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SAFETY, DISINFECTS BRANCH AS STAFF TESTS POSITIVE TO COVID-19~NEWSEXTRA



First Bank of Nigeria Limited on Tuesday raised the bar of its social responsibility and commitment to public safety as it  announced that one of its staff at its Marina, Lagos branch, has tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19).

According to a statement by the bank, all staff of the branch have been asked to go on self-isolation and get tested, while the branch and its entire vicinity have been thoroughly disinfected.

“We have just confirmed that one of our staff working in FirstBank, Marina branch has tested positive to COVID-19 on 15 June 2020.

“In line with our COVID-19 emergency response plan, we have immediately activated our established incident management protocols. These include asking all staff of the branch to go on self-isolation and get tested.

“In addition, we immediately swung to action and have thoroughly disinfected the branch and the entire vicinity overnight.”

The lender, while reiterating its commitment to the safety of its staff, customers, and host communities, however, disclosed that a fresh team have been deployed to the branch with brand new personal protection kits and equipment.

“We have brought in a fresh team of our staff who have been given brand new personal protection kits and equipment to work with therefore, ensuring that there is no risk to any staff working out of the branch or any customer who chooses to bank with us at the same branch.

“Staff of the branch, whose tests are ongoing now, will not be returning to work until they are medically certified.

“The impact of COVID-19 has become the new norm and as we learn to live and deal with it. Swift, effective and decisive response in dealing with the challenges as they arise to ensure minimal disruption to service is critical as our new reality,” the statement added.

The Bank has also been commended for its ability to balance its Covid-19 communications with concerns for public safety.

For instance, on April 22, a day after 70 new cases of Covid 19 pandemic were uncovered in Lagos, prompting the shutdown of some private health care facilities in the state, First Bank Nigeria Plc ordered its staff who might have visited any of the affected hospitals to proceed to take some precautionary measures.

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