- The donation was made through Dangote’s foundation
- The multi-billionaire had committed about a billion naira to the fight against Ebola in Africa
Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has pledged 200 million naira (over half a million US dollars) to support the Nigerian government’s effort to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Dangote made the donation through his foundation, the Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF).
Zouera Youssoufou, ADF chief executive officer, said the donation is part of the foundation’s cardinal objectives.
She said the foundation had earmarked N124 million to support facilities that would assist prevent, assess, and respond to health events at points of entry to ensure national health security.
Youssoufou said other areas the foundation is supporting include surveillance and epidemiology, where facilities worth N36 million will be provided to support government’s effort.
She added that the foundation would also donate N48 million for case management and training of health workers.
TheCable reports that the Aliko Dangote Foundation committed about N1 billion to the fight against Ebola virus in Africa, according to the CEO.
Youssoufou explained that the foundation supported the federal government’s Ebola containment efforts through investments that built resilience and strengthened Nigeria’s health system in a manner expected to endure beyond Ebola crisis.
Speaking at the event, Kathleen Whimp, World Bank operations manager, identified four thematic areas in tackling the spread of coronavirus.
The areas, according to her, include regular communication with the public, contact tracing, training of volunteers and international co-operations.
In his remark, John Oladejo, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) director of health emergency preparedness and response, highlighted challenges involved in containing the virus to include fake news, inadequate isolation centres, among others.
“Inadequate isolation centres, contact tracing, training of volunteers, international cooperation, fake news and panic, were some of the challenges facing COVID-19 outbreak in the country,” he said.
Nigeria recorded its first case of the disease last Friday, following the arrival of an Italian businessman from Milan, which has the highest rate of the infection in Europe.
The patient is presently being treated at the Infectious Disease hospital in Yaba, Lagos.