The Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) yesterday pledged a whooping sum of N200million at a donor coordinating meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, March 3,2020 to support current effort of the Nigerian government towards curbing the spread of Corona Virus in the country.
ADF’s intervention is considered the largest single donation by a corporate organization in the country to contain the spread of coronavirus since Nigeria recorded its first index case last month in Lagos, Nigeria.
The Foundation is also the only Nigerian donor that attended the meeting and made monetary pledge.
Aliko 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 this was made know at the meeting by the managing director and chief executive officer of the Aliko Dangote Foundation Ms. Zouera Youssoufou represented by the health and nutrition programme officer Maryam Shehu-buhari.
Ms Youssoufou also emphasized on other areas of intervention which 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.
Speaking alsobat the event, the Director, Health Emergency Preparedness and Response of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Dr. John Oladejo said some of the challenges faced by the NCDC, include lack of enough isolation centres, contact tracing, training of volunteers, international cooperation, fake news and panic, among others.