Aliko Dangote through the Aliko Dangote Foundation will be leading a coalition of private sector organisations spearheading a coalition of private sector organisations to support the Federal Government’s ongoing efforts to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) menace sweeping across the country. This gesture is in addition to the N200 million earlier pledged by the Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) to help curb its spread.
The initiative, which is called the Coalition Against Coronavirus (COCAVID), will involve the erection of fully-equipped medical tents to house patients and serve as training, testing, isolation and treatment centers, with an additional facility also provided in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The COCAVID, led by Dangote Industries Limited and Access Bank Group in collaboration with Zenith Bank, GTBank, MTN, ITB and others, is tasked with the responsibility of mobilising the private sector thought leadership and resources; creating public awareness; and directing support to private and public healthcare institutions.
Giving details of the coalition, President of Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote, explained that “ADF is pulling resources across industries to provide technical and operational support while providing funding and building advocacy through aggressive awareness drives.”
According to him, “the coalition is working with Lagos State Government to erect fully-equipped medical tents that will serve as training, testing, isolation and treatment centers. We are also providing an additional facility in Victoria Island, Lagos.”
He assured that these centers will be fully equipped with medical supplies and trained personnel to cater to patients who may become affected. “In addition, we will be bringing in experts from around the world to provide technical and training support”, he said.
“COVID-19 affects us all and threatens our collective health (economic, social, psychological) and physical wellbeing. Hence, the urgent need to collaborate and work together to beat this common enemy. The task ahead is daunting and bigger than any one organisation. To win this battle, it is critical we all come together as one,” Dangote added.
He disclosed that “work has commenced to ensure these facilities are completed in good time to serve the growing need of the population during this perilous period.”
He also sought government’s support to have private laboratories test alongside government centers to reduce the waiting period for suspected COVID-19 cases. “There are currently five Government laboratories equipped to handle all the testing in Nigeria. However, we have many more quality ones that can do it, but are not yet approved by Government to do so,” he noted.
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The number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Nigeria hit 97 on Saturday evening with eight fresh cases, says the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
“As at 10:40 pm 28th March there are 97 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria with 1 death,” it stated.
COVID-19: Please, pray for my husband, El-Rufai’s wife begs Nigerians
Hadiza Isma, the wife of the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has appealed to Nigerians to offer prayers for the quick recovery of her husband who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
She made the appeal a few minutes after her husband disclosed that he tested positive for the virus on Twitter.
THE WITNESS reports that El-Rufai had on Saturday announced that he had been infected with the virus but had no symptoms.
“Dear Tweeps, my husband, the Governor of Kaduna State has tested positive for COVID-19. Please keep us in your prayers,” she tweeted.
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The governor, in a live broadcast said he submitted a sample for the COVID-19 test and the result came in positive.
He stated he has been in isolation according to doctors’ order.
He said: “Earlier this week, I submited a sample for the COVID-19 test and the result came in this evening and I regret to say that it is positive.
“According to the protocols for managing COVID-19, I am in self-isolation as required by the case management guidelines of the NCDC for a someone that is no showing symptoms.
“I wish to appeal to the people of Kaduna State to continue to closely observe the preventive measures already announced.
“It is most important that everybody should do their utmost to stay safe, stay home and stay alive.
“The Deputy Governor is chairing our COVID Taskforce and will continue to issue statements from time to time,” he said
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