THERE were indications that the nation's deposit money banks have strategized against any case of ebola virus among its workforce as they interface with customers in the line of duty.
In a survey of banks' readiness in response to the outbreak of the disease in the country by The Guardian, the lenders showed concern for their workers as they have already put measures in place as a foil against transmission, including the reduction in handshakes.
The outbreak of the ebola virus in the country became an issue that has evoked fears and concerns, particularly for those interfacing with the public like banks' workers.
It noted that its resident doctor has briefed the workers on the facts about the disease, which is the basis to avoiding its transmission, while it has also printed fliers and distributed to staffers.
A source from the bank also noted that workers are encouraged to visit in-house clinic for clarifications as more updates unfold, increase personal hygiene, use hand sanitizers, while the bulk tellers now use gloves.
"While we have emphasized less shaking of hands as part of the precautions, we are also cautious not to raise any feeling of isolation and suspicion. People we meet are our customers, which is the essence of our business, so we respect as well," the source said.
"I think the basic thing is all about awareness. The other thing is keeping up with personal hygiene. Given the transmission mode, there should be a reduction in shaking of hands, but that should left for individuals to decide," the source said.
According to the bank's in - house physician, Dr.
"There is presently lectures at weekly in house forum on the risk factors, as well as protective steps to be adopted. Distribution of the
"Secondly, the bank has already procured 10,000 hand sanitizers for distribution to staffers and urged all to also purchase same for the members of their household and key contacts, while toiletries' supply with our facilities has been upgraded to afford both convenience and greater protection at this time to users and cleaners alike.
"Thirdly, we are in the process of deploying infra-red hand sanitizers that can dispense up to 30,000 times each at all our locations and staff buses. The provision will also cover all visitors/customers at any of our locations." he said.
According to the bank, it is to ensure that staffers and customers are aware of the deadly virus and part of the bank's effort to jointly control the spread of the virus and maintain healthy activities.
"There is the provision of hand sanitizer for use by staffers and customers, which are placed in visible locations such as the customer service points, banking halls, restrooms, bulk rooms, offices and at the entrance and exit routes nationwide.
"We also ensure the cleaners disinfect/sanitize every door handles, telephone mouthpieces, stair rails, desk and counter every hour and provide health tips as new developments unfold," it said.
"We have employed the various internal communication vehicles to advise our staff to always insist, whenever they visit the hospital, that their doctors wash hands before attending to them and use gloves, as well as ensure they use hand sanitizer always. For the moment, they avoid visiting infected people," it added.
In a statement from the
These are also encouraged to extend the information to customers of the bank by pasting them at conspicuous positions in the branches where customers would have access to them.
The bank has circulated the help lines (phone numbers) provided by the
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