ADF Supports Nigeria With N200 Million To Control The COVID 19 Epidemic
On Tuesday, March 3, 2020, the Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) set aside the sum of Two Hundred Million Naira to complement the efforts of the Nigerian Government in controlling the spread of the Corona Virus within West Africa.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Zouera Youssoufou, revealed in a statement that the donation was part of the Foundation’s primary objective of partnering with governments at all levels against the spread of the virus, not only in Nigeria but the rest of Africa.
On driving national health security, Zouera went ahead to reveal a second time, that the Foundation has mapped out a separate One Hundred and Twenty-Four Million Naira, that will support the infrastructures required to prevent, examine and respond promptly to health issues. Other intervention areas include epidemiology and surveillance, where equipment worth Thirty-Six Million Naira will be catered to, by the Foundation; likewise another donation of Forty-Eight Million Naira for the training of health workers!
Stating categorically, the MD/CEO of ADF, mentioned that this was not the first time the foundation would be financially involved in addressing epidemics of this kind. In the case of Ebola, the foundation gave, One Billion Naira to fight the dreaded virus at the time. Also, the foundation gave its support to the Nigerian Government’s through investments and the establishments of the National Ebola Emergency Operations Centre, EEOC, in Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria.
No doubt, ADF’s donation is attributed to be the largest single donation by a private organization in this part of the world to fight off the Corona virus since the first case was confirmed and recorded last month, here in Lagos, Nigeria.
According to BBC reports, there are a total of 90,936 confirmed cases worldwide – although more than half of those (47,995) have already recovered. The biggest number of recorded cases are in China (80,151); South Korea (4,812) follows next; Italy with a figure of 2,036 positions itself as the third and Iran (1,501) comes last.
An Italian man who arrived Nigeria at about 9 pm on Monday, February 24th, 2020, from Milan, Italy via Turkish Airlines coming from Istanbul, brought the virus into the country. This was how Nigeria recorded its first case of Corona Virus, three days after the Italian’s visit.
Notwithstanding, leveraging on the massive donation from ADF, the Nigerian government would greatly advance in combating and preventing the spread in Nigeria.