Africa’s Richest Man, Aliko Dangote, Donates N200 Million, To Fight Against The Coronavirus In Nigeria

The Aliko Dangote Foundation, ADF, has pledged to support the current effort by the Nigerian government against the coronavirus or Covid-19, with N200 million.
The ADF intervention is considered the largest single donation by a corporate organisation in the country, to contain the spread of the coronavirus, since a foreigner tested positive to it, last month, in Lagos.
It would be recalled, that the Aliko Dangote Foundation also committed about N1 billion to the fight against the dreaded Ebola virus, 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 Federal Government through: the provision of funding for the establishment of the National Ebola Emergency Operations Centre, 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 and Ports Health Services Department, on the use of the Thermal Cameras; provision of World Health Organisation-certified Personal Protective Equipment against Ebola; donation of $3 million to support Africa Union’s intervention against Ebola in West Africa; and complete logistics support for the returnee volunteers on Ebola intervention across countries ravaged by Ebola.
President Muhammadu Buhari had then commended Aliko Dangote, for what he described as “remarkable sacrifices in eradicating Ebola virus disease and polio in Nigeria”.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of 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 that 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, Youssoufou said that the Dangote Foundation has earmarked N124 million, that will support facilities to help prevent, assess, and respond to health events at Points of Entry, to ensure National Health Security.
Youssoufou stated that other areas the Foundation is supporting, include surveillance and epidemiology, where facilities worth N36 million, will be provided to support the government’s effort.
According to her, the ADF will also donate N48 million, for case management training of health workers.
Speaking at the meeting facilitated by the World Bank, the Bank’s Country Director, represented by the Operations Manager, Kathleen Whimp, identified four thematic areas to tackling the spread of Covid-19.
These are: regular communication with the public, contact tracing, training of volunteers, and international co-operations.
Speaking also, the Director, Health Emergency Preparedness and Response of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. John Oladejo, said that some of the challenges, going forward, include lack of enough isolation centres, contact tracing, training of volunteers, international cooperation, fake news, and panic.
Noel Chisaka of the Regional Disease Surveillance System Enhancement Project, commended the Aliko Dangote Foundation for the contribution.
Other donors invited to the meeting included: WHO, UNICEF, BMGF, RTSL, EU, USAID, US CDC, DFID, Public Health England, GIZ, JICA, Africa CDC, WAHO, PHI, MTN, Red Cross, IFRC and AFENET.
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, and Australia.
The total death toll stands at 3,117, with 2,936 of those coming from China.
The countries with the next highest number of deaths, 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.

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