Punjab National Bank opens Vocational Rehabilitation Centre in Hospital

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KOCHI: India’s leading nationalized banks Punjab National Bank has sponsored the Vocational Rehabilitation Centre at the Ernakulam General Hospital as part of its CSR activities. Bank had earmarked Rs 60 crore every year for CSR activities.

The District Collector, Mr Sheik Pareeth, inaugurated the centre at a function held at the General Hospital Conference Hall.

The centre aims to help those patients who have undergone limb replacement and allied treatment at the General Hospital to earn their livelihood without depending on others. The bank will supply raw materials to the centre for the manufacture of soaps, soap solution, phenyl and paper files.  Special hands-on training for manufacturing the items will be given to the patients.

Speaking on the occasion, the District Collector lauded the initiative of the bank and assured all support from the district administration in this regard. This will definitely help uplift the economically and socially backward segment of the society, he said.

The bank’s Circle Head, Mr K. V. Rajesh, said the bank will also sponsor the day’s food for the inmates of the hospital. The bank has also installed two big clocks at the hospital for the benefit of the public. The bank had earlier supplied medicines to the cancer patients of Ernakulam General Hospital.

Explaining the various CSR activities undertaken by the bank , he pointed out that the bank has adopted 117 villages in the country, which includes the Chennam Pallipuram village of Alappuzha district. The bank has distributed tricycles to the disabled, wheel chairs, drip stands, autoclave electrical, walkers, television set and water cooler to the beneficiaries of the Palliative Care Centre and Cancer Care Centre of the village.

The bank also caters to the various needs of the inmates of ‘Sai Niketan Orphanage,’ Ernakulam, and the ‘Home for Disabled Women’ at Thevara every month. It had earmarked Rs 60 crore every year for CSR activities, he added.

The bank has been adjudged ‘CSR Bank 2011′ by the Government of India.

(Inputs from Business Line)

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