The United Bank for Africa (UBA) has announced the donation of N5 billion (U$14 million) as relief support for African countries plagued with the corona virus pandemic.

The donation, according to the International Bank, 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.

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The 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, Free Telemedicine call centre facility, including the funding of a medical centre immediately in Lagos, with beds for isolation & ICU facilities, managed and operated in partnership with @Heirs_Holdings healthcare subsidiary, Avon Medical Hospital.

“In addition, we’re providing a free telemedicine platform, that is physician-led, to provide direct access to medical advice to citizens, in compliance with social distancing requirements”, the Bank stated.

“This is a time when we must all play our part, this global pandemic must bring citizens, governments and business leaders together and quickly. As we see a rapidly increasing number of cases of the coronavirus in Nigeria & Africa, the private sector has to work hand in hand with various Governments, in stemming the spread”, UBA’s Founder, Tony Elumelu said.

“We commend the efforts of governments and we are keen to partner & contribute our resources to the collective effort, that will ensure the response to the pandemic is swift & effective”, he added.