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Saturday, 30 May 2015

Dangote Foundation Commits Over N900m To Fight Ebola



           

The Dangote Foundation has been playing a leading role in partnership with relevant authorities in the fight against the dreaded Ebola disease in Nigeria and the rest of Africa. The Foundation is expending about N60 million on the accommodation of the 200 returning volunteers delegation that travelled to support the containment effort in the Ebola- infested West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The Dangote foundation had earlier committed N900 million to the fight against the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Africa.

The Federal government has acknowledged the enormous infrastructural and financial assistance rendered by the foremost Foundation in tackling the scourge of Ebola in Nigeria.


Director of Port Health Services, Ministry of Health, Dr. Nasiru Sani Gwarzo commended Dangote Foundation for its patriotic assistance saying "the intervention of the Dangote Foundation in the containment of the Ebola Virus is unprecedented in the history of intervention efforts in Nigeria by a single business entity
"Dangote Foundation has foot the bill all the way through in the fight against the Ebola Disease in Nigeria. The Foundation provided 12 state-of-the-art thermal Cameras for the airports, trained 160 staff of the federal Ministry of Health and paid for workers to manage the 200 returnees currently in our custody and spent millions more. I must say our thank you is with a difference," Dr. Gwarzo enthused.

In his own remark, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Professor Abdulsalam Nasidi said the role of the Dangote in the containment of the Ebola Disease is immeasurable."
"We ran an emergency centre with virtually little or nothing. It was the Dangote Foundation that empowered our centre. I don't have words to use. The Foundation provided funds for procurement of facilities to run case management, infection, prevention, control and communication which are the major response of disease control centre," he said.

The Health Workers Team Leader, Dr. Joshua Olusegun Obasanya said the Dangote Foundation has been supporting the volunteers financially and technically, adding that the Foundation has been facilitating their integration back to the Nigerian society since their arrived the country on Sunday.
Said he; "With this kind of support the Dangote Foundation is helping to keep the Nigerian society safe. We are being camped for 21 days during which we would be monitoring ourselves. My message to Alhaji Aliko Dangote is that he is wonderful man. We have seen his hand in everything. I will also want him to apply the same advocacy to tuberculosis because it is also another deadly disease."

 Chairman of the Foundation, Aliko Dangote said: "The national response to the unfortunate outbreak of Ebola in our country has been impressive. We have therefore decided to lend our support to the effort. The Ebola EOC is an important innovation that will strengthen our health system, even long after this particular health crisis has abated."

Fielding questions from newsmen on the Foundation's involvement in the health sector transformation, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Dangote Foundation, Zouera Youssoufou described the Foundation's interventions as a swift and massive philanthropic intervention on the African continent.
The Foundation, according to her expended N66million in acquiring 12 units of state-of-the-art thermal scanning systems and cameras being used for fever scanning at Nigeria's four international airports (Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt).
"In addition, the Foundation provided podiums for each camera and also paid for the training of 160 staff of FMOH, Port Health Services across the four airports by the vendors on the use of the thermal scanners", Youssoufou stated.

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