United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) has announced a relief support of over US$14million, through the UBA Foundation, to catalyse a comprehensive pan-African response to the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic.
The donation will provide significant and much-needed support to Nigeria and 19 other African countries by supplying relief materials, critical care facilities, and financial support to governments.
Out of the 14 million dollars earmarked for the relief support programme, N1 billion (US$2.8million) will be given to the Lagos state government in Nigeria; N500 million (US$1.4million) to Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, Abuja; and N1 billion (US$2.8million) to the remaining 35 states in Nigeria
The rest will be N1.5 billion (US$4.2million) to UBA’s presence-countries in Africa; N1 billion (US2.8million) for medical centres with equipment and supplies, and Free Telemedicine call centre facilities.
The pan-African bank will fund a medical centre immediately in Lagos, Nigeria, with beds for isolation and ICU facilities which will be managed and operated in partnership with Heirs Holdings’ Healthcare, a subsidiary of Avon Medical Hospital.
In addition, UBA is providing a free telemedicine platform that is physician-led and provides direct access to medical advice for citizens, in compliance with social distancing requirements.
UBA Group Chairman Tony O. Elumelu has stated: “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 spread of the global pandemic”.
Meanwhile, the Group Chairman on behalf of UBA has commended the efforts of governments, and they are keen to partner and contribute their resources to ta collective effort that ensures responses to the pandemic will be swift and effective.
UBA, operating in 20 African countries and globally in the United Kingdom, the United States and France, has a strong record of supporting its communities through challenging times.