By Dipo Olowookere
Diamond Bank has again reiterated its drive to reduce medical tourism by educating and supporting Small and Medium Enterprises in the health sector to provide quality and affordable medical services in Nigeria.
To achieve this, the financial institution has partnered with the Medical Credit Fund (MCF).
Both parties recently organised a forum to fully equip players in the health sector with the basic financial and managerial tools needed to grow and sustain their businesses – taking advantage of the funding, training and support from Diamond Bank.
Speaking at the two-day workshop; Head of Emerging Businesses at Diamond Bank, Ayodele Olojede, stated that Diamond Bank will continue to support the health sector.
Also speaking at the event, the Project Director at MCF, Mr Uzodinma Osisogu, explained that the workshop was aimed at strengthening the SMEs in the health sector towards getting and attracting funds to their businesses.
He further stated that the workshop will provide the health workers a wealth of knowledge in business management, finance, and administration.
On the partnership with Diamond Bank, he said that the choice of the bank was inspired by the banks’ passion for going beyond banking to support SMEs and grow their businesses.
“Diamond Bank is not just interested in disbursing loans to her customers, the bank is more interested in equipping the customers with basic information that will help them maximize the use of such loans and guiding them through the process”, said Ms Chioma Ogwo, Head, Non-financial Services, Emerging Businesses Diamond Bank Plc.
She further stated that the bank’s mediloan plan; a product developed in partnership with MCF will help medical practitioners meet their financial obligations which include, infrastructure, stock purchase, salary payment, business expansion, etc.
Henry Mascot, the CEO of CURACEL, introduced a simplified administrative software which will help doctors reduce the time spent on documentation and paper work by collating all information in a simple platform for easy data management.
Pharm Henry Adiola, one of the beneficiaries of the workshop, took out time to express his sincere gratitude to Diamond Bank Plc for supporting his business over the years.
Other highlights of the two-day workshop, were; networking sessions and training sessions on taxation, business planning and loan management.
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