United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) has announced a donation of 5 billion Naira ($14 million or 8 billion CFA), through the UBA Foundation to speed the fight against the coronavirus global pandemic.
The donation provides support to Nigeria and 19 African countries by supplying relief materials, health care facilities and financial support to governments.
‘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 Africa, the private sector has to work hand in hand with various Governments in stemming the spread of the global pandemic
As we see a rapidly increasing number of cases of the coronavirus in Africa, the private sector has to work hand in hand with various Governments in stemming the spread of the global pandemic” – UBA Group Chairman Tony O. Elumelu stated
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.
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.
Operating in 20 African countries and globally in the United Kingdom, the United States and France, the United Bank for Africa has a strong record of supporting its communities in challenging times.