Determined to ensure that the deadly Ebola Virus is completely routed from the land, the Dangote Foundation has again risen up to the challenges after it offered to defray the cost of quarantining the Nigeria’s returnee health worker volunteers from the Ebola ravaged countries, who arrived the country after six months in the West African countries.
The foundation had earlier committed N900 million to the fight against the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Africa, The Foundation which has been playing a leading role in partnership with relevant authorities in the fight against the dreaded disease in Nigeria and the rest of Africa is expending about N60 million on the accommodation of the 200 returning volunteers delegation that travelled to support the containment effort in the Ebola- infested West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
The Federal government has acknowledged the enormous infrastructural and financial assistance rendered by the foremost Foundation in tackling the scourge of Ebola in Nigeria. Director of Port Health Services, Ministry of Health, Dr. Nasiru Sani Gwarzo commended Dangote Foundation for its patriotic assistance saying “the intervention of the Dangote Foundation in the containment of the Ebola Virus is unprecedented in the history of intervention efforts in Nigeria by a single business entity.
“Dangote Foundation has foot the bill all the way through in the fight against the Ebola Disease in Nigeria. The Foundation provided 12 state-of-the-art thermal Cameras for the airports, trained 160 staff of the federal Ministry of Health and paid for workers to manage the 200 returnees currently in our custody and spent millions more. I must say our thank you is with a difference,” Dr. Gwarzo enthused.
In his own remark, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Professor Abdulsalam Nasidi said the role of the Dangote in the containment of the Ebola Disease is immeasurable.” “We ran an emergency centre with virtually little or nothing. It was the Dangote Foundation that empowered our centre. I don’t have words to use. The Foundation provided funds for procurement of facilities to run case management, infection, prevention, control and communication which are the major response of disease control centre,” he said.