THE Private Sector led Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) has donated a 150-bed isolation centre and medical equipment worth millions of naira to the Lagos State Government.
Unveiling the isolation centre, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu thanked CACOVID for delivering the well-equipped centre to increase the capacity to tackle the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Gov. pledged it would be judiciously used to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the state, and indeed Nigeria and urged the citizens to continue to take responsibility by following preventive measures and directive of the government toward reducing the spread of the virus and saving lives.
“We need to take responsibility because the virus knows no race, ethnicity, religion or boundary. Take responsibility for your loved ones by wearing face mask, maintaining social distancing and hand hygiene to reduce morbidity and mortality,” the governor said.
Sanwo-Olu said that post COVID-19, an international research centre, more isolation wards and doctors quarters would be established in the Yaba Hospital.
He commended all health workers at the frontline of the COVID-19 response, stressing that their efforts were appreciated.
Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, said that the centre would enhance the state’s healthcare system and the management of COVID-19 in the state.
Emefiele said that collaboration between the private sector and government was vital to prevent the spread of the virus and save lives of the citizens.
Chief Executive, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, said that the Lagos Isolation Centre was a model for what the coalition would build in other states.
Dangote, represented by Ms Zouera Youssoufou, Managing Director, Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF), said: “It is with great pride that we hand it over to the state.
“More supports would come to the state from the coalition. We appreciate everyone’s efforts.”
Commenting, Mr Herbert Wigwe, Managing Director, Access Bank, said that Lagos was more vulnerable to spread of the virus due to its large population.
Wigwe commended the state government for its efforts to reduce the spread and effect of the virus on the citizens.