Business tycoons, including Aliko Dangote and Herbert Wigwe, are leading a coalition of private-sector organizations to support the Federal Government in combating the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria.
The initiative, called the Coalition Against Coronavirus (COCAVID), will involve setting up fully equipped medical tents to house patients and serve as training, testing, isolation and treatment centers. This also includes an additional installation on Victoria Island, Lagos.
The initiative, according to a statement made available by the Aliko Dangote Foundation on Wednesday, is led by Dangote Industries Limited and Access Bank Group in collaboration with Zenith Bank, GTBank, MTN, ITB and others.
They have a responsibility to mobilize private sector leadership and resources, creating public awareness and directing support to public and private health institutions.
This gesture, according to the statement, is in addition to the N200 million previously pledged by the Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) to help stem the spread of Coronavirus in Nigeria.
Dangote further explained that the mission is to attract resources between sectors to provide technical and operational support while providing financing and creating advocacy.
According to him, the centers will be fully equipped with medical supplies and trained personnel to care for patients who may be affected.
“COVID-19 affects us all and threatens our collective health (economic, social, psychological) and physical well-being. Therefore, the urgent need to collaborate and work together to overcome this common enemy. The task ahead is daunting and bigger than any organization. To win this battle, it is essential that we all come together as one ”, added Dangote.
He assured that work has started on ensuring that these facilities are completed in time to meet the growing needs of the population during this period.
He also sought government support for private laboratories to test with government centers to reduce the waiting period for suspected COVID-19 cases.