In addition to its sustained efforts in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic across the country, Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (PSCA) has donated medical equipment worth hundreds of millions of naira to the Borno State.
At the presentation in Maiduguri recently, Fatimeh Jarma, representative of CA COVID-19 in the state, said the coalition was instituted by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on behalf of the Bankers’ Committee and in partnership with the private sector to raise funds needed to fight the pandemic across the country. Fatimeh, who is the business development manager of First Bank Borno/Yobe states, said the coalition is aimed pooling resources together to fight and defeat coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria. “We are here on behalf of Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 to donate the following medical equipment to Borno State in the fight against the COVID-19′, she said.
She noted that the items included five patients monitor, five infusion pumps, electric suction machine 7A-23D, 5 oxygen concentrator,13,000 face masks,10,000 face shield and 500 Personal Protective Equipment. Fatimeh said the impact of COVID-19 on social lives and businesses across the world is tremendous, as she assured Borno government that the private sector would continue the donation towards the course. “The coalition raised funds to procure equipment and materials needed to combat the menace of COVID-19 pandemic in the country. “There will be more donations and intervention, we will continue the intervention especially food items aspects of this intervention,” she said.
She disclosed that to ensure the continuity of businesses and economic activities with minimal effect from the pandemic, banks have ensured that everyone visiting any of its branches takes a temperature test, makes use of hand sanitisers and maintains social distance. Receiving the items, Umaru Kadafur, the governor, thanked the private sector for donating the life saving items, adding that the items came at the right time. “We are thankful to the Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19, we are glad to receive these items. “It is not quantum of the items that matters but the spirit behind it and we therefore, call on other well-meaning individuals and corporate organisations to follow suit,” Kadafur said.