The Cititrust Holdings on Tuesday donated N1 million to Health Emergency Initiative (HEI) for the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to health workers at the frontline of the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
Its Group Chief Executive, Mr Yemi Adefisan, presenting the cheque, said that the donation was the company’s contribution and support toward containing the spread of COVID-19.
Adefisan said that the company was operating in 13 African countries and still expanding its globe.
He said that the company had made donations in other Africans countries.
The group chief executive said that the company would continue to donate to the state governments for materials and PPE.
“Today is a cash donation to HEI for PPE for health workers, which is part of what we have planned to do,” Adefisan said.
He hoped that the equipment would get down to the right people to help support the vulnerable and those suffering from COVID-19.
Receiving the donation, Mr Paschal Achunine, Executive Director, HEI, said his NGO recognised that timely provision of PPE was critical to winning the war against COVID-19.
Achunine said: “If you checked across the globe, in most places where the pandemic killed lots of people, it happened because they don’t have enough PPE or not provided timely.”
He said that HEI had embarked on setting up of an emergency trust fund and had purchased and distributed materials and equipment to organisations in Nigeria.
“We have been working with hospitals in the last five years and we know their touch points, every Kobo committed to us get maximum value,” Achunine said.
He said that HEI had been consistent in 27 hospitals in Lagos, including Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba; Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja and Isolation Disease Hospital (IDS), Yaba.
The executive director said that his NGO had been providing support and resuscitation for indigent patients and accident victims when taken to the hospitals.
He said that resources were limited and challenges were there, urging companies and individuals to key into the emergency trust fund.
Achunine appealed to the masses to take precautionary measures, stay alive and note that the landscape had changed.