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UBA donates N5b for COVID-19 relief support

The United Bank for Africa Plc, UBA, through its Foundation, has promised to give a relief support worth N5 billion across Africa.

In a thread on its official Twitter handle, the bank says this is an effort to catalyze a comprehensive pan-African response to the fight against the Coronavirus 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.

“Our support programme will be allocated as follows: N1 billion to Lagos, N500 million to Abuja, N1 billion to the remaining 35 states in Nigeria, N1.5 billion to UBA’s presence countries in Africa, N1 billion for Medical Centres with equipment & supplies as well as Free Telemedicine call centre facility,” the bank said.

It stated; ”the pan-African bank will fund a medical centre immediately in Lagos, Nigeria, with beds for isolation and ICU facilities, managed and operated in partnership with Heirs Holdings’ healthcare subsidiary, Avon Medical Hospital.”

In addition, UBA is providing a free telemedicine platform, that is physician-led, to provide direct access to medical advice to citizens, in compliance with social distancing requirements.

UBA Group Chairman, Tony Elumelu said; ”This is a time when we must all play our part. This global pandemic must bring citizens, governments, 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.”

Mr Elumelu commended the efforts of governments, saying ”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.”

Operating in 20 African countries and globally in the United Kingdom, the United States and France, the UBA has a strong record of supporting its communities, through challenging times.

Source: Voice of Nigeria