Insurers donate PPEs to drive fight against COVID-19 pandemic
Insurance firms have donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth millions to the Lagos State and others in a move to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The underwriters’ intervention is considered the largest single donation by a corporate organisation in the country to address the spread of coronavirus since a foreigner tested positive last month in Lagos.
Precisely, AXA Mansard Health Limited, has demonstrated its commitment with the donation of splash resistant suits/coveralls, N95 masks, goggles among others. In addition to this, the company stated that it would be donating N100 million worth of life insurance cover for 100 medical professionals across Lagos, Abuja and Ibadan respectively.
The Chief Executive Officer, AXA Mansard Health Limited, Tope Adeniyi, told The Guardian that the firm has commended the deliberate efforts made by the Doctors and other healthcare workers in Nigeria and around the world to combat the outbreak and curtail its spread.
“We share the view that the world needs to come together to provide stronger support for these men and women who have chosen to risk their lives to serve their countries”.
“Through the donation and commitment was meaningfully responded to the rising need for medical supplies at healthcare facilities in Lagos and Oyo states and FCT, three of the major hubs designated to fight the disease, ensuring swift responses are given to COVID-19 or any other health related cases” Adeniyi added.
Also the Executive Director Marketing and Brand Operations, NICON Insurance, Debo Oladejo, who spoke with The Guardian at the weekend in an phone interview, said in the face of the rising number of cases in the country, we cannot but commend the concerted efforts of the National Emergency Operations Centre led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control as well as various state governments who have continued to coordinate response activities and strengthen preparedness capacity across the country. We remain irrevocably committed towards efforts to eradicate this pandemic as quickly as possible.
Responding to the development, Professor of Surgery and Provost of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan and Consultant Urologist at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oluwabunmi Olapade-Olaopa stated: “The intervention by the insurance operators in the industry are very timely and addresses the core of what is needed at this time to keep the fight going and enable care for the sick and research on the disease. We are extremely grateful for the insurer for its impactful support and its commitment towards better healthcare in Nigeria”.