The Anap Foundation COVID-19 Think Tank has identified seven items Nigeria urgently needs from the outside world to help it effectively combat the coronavirus pandemic.
The Think Tank, which is comprised of 18 members drawn from all the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria and the diaspora (USA & Germany), revealed this in a statement on Thursday.
Among some of the items listed include Test kits, Molecular laboratories + skilled personnel, surgical face masks and cloth face coverings, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Others are Respirators and Ventilators, Hydroxychloroquine, Azithromycin and other drugs, and a safety net fund to cater for 40 million unemployed and underemployed people.
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“Consider deploying final year medical and nursing students, retirees, and unemployed health professionals of all grades,” the Think Thank, which is chaired by the founder of Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, Atedo Peterside, said.
The intellectual group also urged the country to “accept assistance from all countries that have had success in controlling the spread of COVID-19, particularly in the area of training of local manpower.”
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday confirmed 14 new cases of coronavirus in the country.
This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections recorded in the country so far to 288.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Thursday said the N200 million donated to Lagos State by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) will not be withdrawn from the N1.9 billion Ebola Intervention Fund.
The Minister, in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Dan Nwomeh, said the “ The N200 million is a distinct and direct Federal Government support to Lagos State and does not preclude other assistance that may be rendered to the State through the Federal Ministry of Health”.
The Minister also listed corporate organizations that have made contributions to the Federal Government’s control measures against Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria
*Aliko Dangote Foundation donated N152 million to sponsor the Ebola Emergency Operation Centre in Lagos.
*The ANAP Foundation founded by Mr. Atedo Peterside informed the Minister of Health that the foundation would be supporting affected private hospitals to the tune of N100,000 (one hundred thousand naira) per bed space. He also disclosed to the Minister that the First Consultant Hospital in Lagos where the index case was managed would be the first beneficiary and that the hospital would receive N4 million since its bed capacity is forty.
*The Tony Elumelu Foundation has pledged a donation of N50 million to support the Federal Government’s containment efforts.
*Shell Petroleum Limited donated an ambulance to the Ebola Emergency Operation Centre in Lagos.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved the sum of 200 million Naira to support the Lagos State government in tackling the Ebola Virus Disease that has killed at least 1,200 persons since its outbreak in the West African region early this year, while President Goodluck Jonathan declared the control and containment of the Ebola virus in Nigeria, a National Emergency and set up an intervention plan with N1.9 billion approved for the control of the disease.