#Coronavirus: Dangote Foundation donates N200m to fight it in Nigeria

#Coronavirus: Dangote Foundation donates N200m to fight it in Nigeria

The Aliko Dangote Foundation, ADF, yesterday pledged to support the current effort by Nigerian government against CoronaVirus or Covid-19 with a whopp

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The Aliko Dangote Foundation, ADF, yesterday pledged to support the current effort by Nigerian government against CoronaVirus or Covid-19 with a whopping N200million. The ADF’s intervention is considered the largest single donation by a corporate organization in the country to contain the spread of coronavirus since a foreigner was tested positive last month in Lagos.

It would be recalled that the Aliko Dangote foundation also committed about N1billion to the fight against the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, in Africa. The foundation directly supported the Nigerian government’s Ebola containment efforts through strategic investments that built the resilience and strengthened Nigeria’s health system in a manner expected to endure beyond the Ebola crisis period.

Among others, the foundation during the Ebola crisis supported the FG through the followings: Provision of funding for the establishment of the National Ebola Emergency Operations Centre (EEOC) in Yaba, Lagos; provision of 12 units of Thermal Cameras across Nigeria’s International Airports with training for 160 staff/personnel of the Federal Ministry of Health, Port Health Services Department, on the use of the Thermal Cameras; provision of W.H.O-certified Personal Protective Equipment, PPEs, against Ebola; donation of US $3 Million donation to support Africa Union’s intervention against Ebola in West Africa, and also complete logistics support for the returnee volunteers on Ebola intervention across countries ravaged by Ebola.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Aliko Dangote Foundation Zouera Youssoufou who was represented by the Health and Nutrition Programme Officer Maryam Shehu-Buhari at a donor coordinating meeting in Abuja on Tuesday said the donation was part of the Foundation’s cardinal objective. The Foundation is also the only and the wholly Nigerian donor that attended the meeting and made monetary pledge.

To this extent, she said the Dangote Foundation has earmarked N124million that will support facilities to help prevent, assess and respond to health events at Point of Entry to ensure National Health Security. Ms Youssoufou said other areas the Foundation is supporting include surveillance and epidemiology where facilities worth N36million will be provided by the Foundation to support government’s effort. According to her the ADF will also donate N48million for case management training of health workers.

According to reports there are a total of 90,936 confirmed cases worldwide – although more than half of those (47,995) have already recovered. The biggest numbers are still by far in mainland China (80,151), followed by South Korea (4,812), Italy (2,036) and Iran (1,501). Japan has 274 confirmed cases, France 191, Germany 165, Spain 120, Singapore 108, US 106, and Hong Kong 100. There are also cases in South America, Africa and Australia. The total death toll stands at 3,117 with 2,936 of those coming from China. The countries with the next highest numbers are Iran (66), Italy (52) and South Korea (29). There have also been deaths in Japan, the US, France, Australia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand