Private Sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID), yesterday, commenced nationwide distribution of palliatives and other relief items worth N23b to mitigate the impact of coronavirus on vulnerable Nigerians.
It explained that the relief materials would be distributed to 1.7m households and over 10m individuals in the 774 council areas and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
CACOVID Administrator and CEO of Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF), Zouera Youssoufou, told journalists in Lagos that the exercise was the next line of action to partner government in the fight against coronavirus and cushion its impact on vulnerable persons in the country.
She disclosed that the coalition shared the country into the six geo-political zones and that the distribution commenced simultaneously in Adamawa, Yobe, Ekiti, Ogun, Delta, Edo, Kano, Sokoto, Kaduna, Plateau and Nasarawa states.
It will be recalled that the distribution of the palliatives followed CACOVID’s donation of medical equipment to state governments in a bid to strengthen their response capacity and building of isolation facilities in about 38 centres across the country, for which it spent about N15b.
CACOVID had also helped to reinforce the testing capacity of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) with the donation of over 300,000 test kits and PPEs just as it announced its readiness to commence the third and final phase of its COVID-19 response plan.
Source: Guardian NG