In the bid to fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Famfa Oil Limited, Modupe and Folorunsho Alakija have donated N1bn to support the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria.
According to them, the donation symbolises their resilience, character and strength as they plan to work with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
In a statement issued on Sunday, the business philanthropists also announced the donation of N250m to the Lagos State Government and the NCDC respectively.
“As the world rallies to deal with the health, security, economic and social implications of the coronavirus, it’s clear that we will feel the effects much more deeply than many of the developed world. Managing a crisis of this magnitude means that the strength of our response will determine our ability to weather the storm.
Individually and collectively, we are rising to this unprecedented challenge in a way that symbolizes our resilience, our character and strength,” the statement partly read.
Similarly, the medical workers on the frontline in Lagos and Abuja will each get N100m while another N100m will be for the supply of medical equipment to relevant organisations.
Also, the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh foundation (DRASA), and the Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons were supported each with N50million.
Alakija believes that the listed organisations will decide on where to deploy their contribution to the needed impact.
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Mr and Mrs Modupe and Folorunso Alakija through Famfa Oil Pledge N1 Billion Naira to Support Nigeria’s Fight Against COVID-19
Lagos, Nigeria, 29th March 2020 Famfa Oil Ltd, one of the leading indigenous exploration and production oil companies in Nigeria, announced its contribution of N1 Billion Naira to support Nigeria’s fight against COVID-19.
Mr Modupe and Mrs Folorunso Alakija, Chairman and Vice-Chairman Famfa Oil Ltd: “As the world rallies to deal with the health, security, economic and social implications of the coronavirus, it’s clear that we will feel the effects much more deeply than many of the developed world. Managing a crisis of this magnitude means that the strength of our response will determine our ability to weather the storm.
Individually and collectively, we are rising to this unprecedented challenge in a way that symbolizes our resilience, our character and strength. Famfa Oil Ltd is pleased to be able to make this contribution and will work in consultation with key stakeholders such as:
National Center for Disease Control, N250,000,000 (Two Hundred and Fifty million Naira)
Lagos State Government N250,000,000 (Two hundred and Fifty million Naira)
African center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, 50,000,000 (Fifty million Naira)
Medical Workers on the Frontline in Lagos 100,000,000 (One hundred million naira)
Medical Workers on the Frontline in Abuja 100,000,000 (One hundred million naira)
Supply Of Medical Equipment to relevant organizations 245,00,000 (Two and forty-five million Naira)
Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh (DRASA) 5 Million Naira (Five million Naira)
With our contribution, we will together take the charge in our fight against the Coronavirus. These are the organisations we as a company will work in adhering to their needs and will interact with suppliers so that we can deploy our contribution in the most impactful way.
Famfa Oil Ltd commends the efforts made by the Federal and State Governments towards the fight against the pandemic in Nigeria and enjoins all Nigerians to follow stipulated health guidelines in order to keep us all safe. May God Bless our country Nigeria.
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According to local media, the animals then snatched COVID-19 test samples from three patients and fled.
One of the monkeys was later spotted in a tree chewing one of the sample collection kits, the Times of India reported – adding that test samples from the patients had to be taken again.
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Uganda has recorded 36 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections to 317, the country’s Health Ministry said late Thursday.
Out of the 2,230 samples collected from cross-border cargo truck drivers and communities, 24 Ugandan truck drivers and 12 close contacts of previously confirmed cases under quarantine tested positive for the virus, the ministry said in a statement.
Twenty-six foreign truck drivers, who tested positive at the country’s common border entry points, were handed over to their country of origin, it said.
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The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said the Federal Government would require hotels and school dormitories as quarantine and isolation centres because of a shortage of hospital beds.
The minister noted that there were four levels of COVID-19 patients ranging from those on quarantine with zero or mild symptoms to those that would need to be in the intensive care unit.
The minister said,
“We have sadly recorded 254 deaths, most of them are persons associated with other ailments, confirming the general observation that risks are higher for those with illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and non-communicable diseases.
“We need to continue increasing bed capacity to match the probable number of patients, so that we do not experience horrific scenes of bed space shortages seen in some European hospitals.
“In event of overflow, we can require hotels and school dormitories to be prepared for level 1 which is quarantine, and level 2, is isolation of COVID-19 positive with zero or mild symptoms, to free hospital beds to be dedicated to level 3 which are moderate to severe cases and level 4 which is for the high dependency and the intensive care unit.
“I, therefore, call on activists and philanthropists to work with state governments to scale up non-pharmaceutical measures and beef up infrastructural assets for isolation and treatment in their states.”
Ehanire said Nigeria would review its participation in the World Health Organisation solidarity trial. He also stated that proposals for trial of local remedies for COVID-19 had been sent to the relevant research and testing agencies for scientific evaluation.
“The Madagascar herbs have been received at the Ministry of Health, and were found to consist of two varieties; one labelled to be for prevention and the other for treatment. Samples have been given to three agencies of the Ministry of Health and also to the Ministry of Science and Technology.
“These are normal processes for new preparations to be approved for use in Nigeria, and include toxicological and efficacy tests and clinical trials. Government will investigate all genuine efforts to find homegrown solutions to the pandemic.”
The minister said Madagascar’s drugs had been sent to NAFDAC, National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, and the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research.
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