The United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) has provided N5bn ($14 million) through the UBA Foundation,in response to the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Nigeria and 19 other African countries will benefit from the support targeted at supplying relief materials, critical care facilities and financial support to governments.
The bank, in a statement, said Lagos State Government will draw N1bn ($2.8million); N500 million ($1.4 million) to Federal Capital Territory, Abuja; N1 billion ($2.8 million) to the remaining 35 states in Nigeria and N1.5 billion ($4.2 million) to UBA’s presence countries in Africa.
Other allocations include: N1 billion ($2.8 million) for Medical Centres with equipment and supplies as well as free telemedicine call centre facility.
The pan-African bank added it will fund a medical centre immediately in Lagos with beds for isolation and ICU facilities managed and operated in partnership with Heirs Holdings’ healthcare subsidiary, Avon Medical Hospital.
Chairman UBA Group, Tony Elumelu, explained: “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.”