Africa’s richest businessman and philanthropist, Aliko Dangote, has donated about $1.2 million from his Dangote Foundation for the establishment of a National Ebola Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in Yaba, Lagos. Quoted by the Nigerian media on Friday Dangote described the Ebola EOC as an important innovation that will strengthen Nigeria’s health system, even long after this particular health crisis has abated.
Presenting the donation, Dangote said: This is a period of national health emergency. At this time, the government’s comprehensive containment strategy requires the support of all Nigerians to succeed.
He also called on Nigerians to be careful about their personal hygiene and not to be shy to approach health providers if they or anyone near them portrays symptoms of the disease.
We encourage all well-meaning Nigerians to support the government as the country rallies to combat the Ebola virus. Our support is in line with our Foundation’s goal to improve the wellbeing of all Nigerians, he added.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu was quoted in the media as saying: We are delighted that Alhaji Aliko Dangote has once again stood up to be counted when it matters.
“The national response to the unfortunate outbreak of Ebola in our country has been impressive. The few cases of Ebola all contracted from the index case, are confined to one state only.
Four people have so far died of Ebola in Nigeria where 198 cases of the virus have been recorded.
The epidemic has killed over 1000 people mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since its outbreak in February.
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