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ahlibank has pledged its support to two initiatives of the National Association for Cancer Awareness (Naca) including ‘Palliative Care Training.’

The bank’s support to ‘Palliative Care Training’ in the Sultanate, will train 40 nurses from different regions of Oman to take care of terminally ill cancer patients. The second initiative is towards meeting the running cost of the Mobile Cancer Detection unit.

“There is a high need for palliative care among cancer patients and we are fully supportive to the efforts of the National Association for Cancer Awareness. It is crucial that nurses in Oman are trained properly to take care of the cancer patients. When treatment is not an effective option, appropriate palliative care can increase levels of comfort and improve quality of life for patients and their families,” according to Abdulaziz Al Balushi, CEO, ahlibank.

“We thank ahlibank for supporting our initiatives. Naca needs the support of corporates and volunteers. The palliative care training course has already been provided to around 47 nurses. An introductory course and also an advanced course will be conducted in February 2013 followed by an international conference,” Naca chairperson Yuthar Al Rawahy said while addressing the media at a joint press conference at Naca on Monday. 

“The support to the association is one of the crucial steps in ahlibank’s commitment towards a better more aware society. This is part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives,” Abdullah Al Jabri, DGM, head of central operations, said.

“At ahlibank, we believe it is our moral obligation as a part of the Omani Society to support local initiatives that are aimed at the betterment of the society and we will continue to demonstrate our commitment to support and improve the well-being of the society in whichever way we can,” Murtadha Al Lawati, head of corporate communications said.

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