APM Terminals Nigeria has revealed that it has donated N75m ($200,000) towards the United Nations in Nigeria basket fund.
The fund is aimed to mobilise resources to boost the efforts of the government in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
A statement on Thursday indicated that in coordination with the government, the UN was mobilising funds that would ensure adequate essential health equipment needed for testing, quarantine and medical care, including equipping of temporary hospitals/quarantine centres and designated emergency centres.
It quoted the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator In Nigeria as saying, “The UN system in Nigeria will support and complement government’s efforts to immediately set up a national response fund that will serve as a single national platform and financing framework, coordinating partnerships and mobilising resources that can make an effective impact on the ground.”
The statement further said, “As part of the private sector support in addressing COVID19, the APM Terminals support will enhance the UN support to the country’s preparedness and provision of healthcare support to those afflicted by virus.
“The contribution will go towards increasing acquisition of ventilators, and other lifesaving hospital apparatus that are urgently needed to aid the health-care response towards containing the COVID19 pandemic.
“No one is immune to or invulnerable from this disease. We urge all to adhere to the guidance from government in order to curb the spread of this pandemic. In this time of need, APM Terminals is honoured to discharge its duty to the nation.
“The wellbeing of our community remains of paramount importance to us. Through our contribution to the UN basket fund, we will play our part in strengthening the country’s capacity to respond,” said, the Managing Director – APM Terminals Nigeria Mohammed Ahmed.
Nigeria is among the 34 African countries that have currently recorded cases of the coronavirus.
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, as of March 25, 2020, there were 51 confirmed cases; two discharged and one death.