Aside from myriads of supports from organizations, private enterprises as well as federal and state governments to combat COVID-19 in Africa, The UBA Group just announced that it will provide N5 billion(U$14 million) as COVID-19 relief support across Africa.
The UBA Group believes that this donation will provide significant aid to Nigeria and 19 other African countries, by supplying relief materials, critical care facilities, and financial support to Governments. Here is how UBA aims to allocate the COVID-19 support programme:
- N1 billion (USD2.8 million) to Lagos State Government in Nigeria
- N500 million (USD1.4 million) to Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, Abuja
- N1 billion (USD2.8 million) to the remaining 35 states in Nigeria
- N1.5 billion (USD4.2 million) to UBA’s presence countries in Africa
- N1 billion (USD2.8 million) for Medical Centres with equipment and supplies
- Free Telemedicine call centre facility
The UBA Group added that it will be funding a medical centre immediately in Lagos, Nigeria, with beds for isolation and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) facilities, managed and operated in partnership with Heirs Holdings’(UBA Group investment company committed to improving lives and transforming Africa through long-term investments) healthcare subsidiary, Avon Medical Hospital.
The UBA Group also added that it will be providing a free telemedicine platform, that is physician-led, to provide direct access to medical advice to citizens, in compliance with social distancing requirements.
UBA Group Chairman Tony Elumelu, in his charge, said: ‘This is a time when we must all play our part. This global epidemic must bring citizens, governments and business leaders together – and quickly. As we see a rapidly increasing number of cases of the coronavirus in Nigeria and Africa, the private sector has to work hand in hand with various Governments, in stemming the spread of the global pandemic. We commend the efforts of governments and we are keen to partner and contribute our resources to the collective effort, that will ensure the response to the pandemic is swift and effective’.
Operating in 20 African countries and globally in the United Kingdom, the United States and France, the United Bank for Africa has a strong record of supporting its communities, through challenging times.