Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote yesterday during a press statement announced the launching of the Coalition Against Coronavirus (COCAVID) in an attempt to combat the spread of the deadly pandemic in Africa’s most populated State.
The project is launched in partnership with Access Bank Group, Nigeria.
According to local media reports, the initiative by the African billionaire aims at contributing to help equip health personnel with the “medical tents” they need to combat the spread of the virus. The COCAVID is additionally expected to work with the private sector to assist create awareness regarding the virus.
He emphasized on the necessity for concerted effort and unity of Nigerians in combating the virus.
“To win this battle, it’s critical we all come together as one” local media quoted him as saying.
He added that; “COVID-19 affects us all and threatens our collective health-economic, social, psychological and physical wellbeing; hence, the urgent need to work together to beat this common enemy.”
Nigeria as at Mach 26 had recorded 51 cases since the outbreak of the pandemic with fear of continuous spread of the virus.
After first appearing in Wuhan, China, last December, the novel coronavirus has spread to a minimum of 176 countries and territories.
Taiwanese Govt data shows more than 455,770 cases have been reported worldwide since last December, with the death toll above 20,740 and over 118,200 successful recoveries.