The Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) is a Private Sector task force in partnership with the Federal Government, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) with the sole aim of combating Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria.
This task force is tasked with pulling resources across industries to provide technical and operational support while providing funding and building advocacy through aggressive awareness drives.
In addition to the efforts of the Federal government, the Coalition is providing and equipping medical facilities in the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria. This will involve the creation of testing, isolation and treatment centers, and include the provision of Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and molecular testing labs. We have started with Lagos (1,000 beds), Kano (500 beds), Rivers (210 beds), Abuja (200 beds), Enugu (200 beds) and Borno (200 beds). Next, will set up facilities in Katsina, Ogun, Bayelsa, Anambra, Bauchi and Plateau.
Based on the population of Lagos, and the fact that it is the epicenter of this crisis, we will also be creating a permanent structure within the next 4 to 6 months. These centres will be fully equipped with medical supplies and trained personnel to cater to anyone who may become affected. In addition, experts from around the world will be on ground to provide technical and training support, should there be a need to expand CACOVID.
To eradicate COVID-19 from Nigeria and Africa at large
Collaborating with the Government to provide direct support to private and public healthcare’s ability to respond to the crisis by providing funds to set up several testing, isolation and treatment centers in all geo-political zones; aggressively increasing general public’s awareness, education and buy-in to prevent panic and resulting chaos.
Responsible for funding and raising funds for the efforts:
Godwin Emefiele, Aliko Dangote, Herbert Wigwe, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Femi Otedola, Folorunso Alakija, Jim Ovia, John Coumantaros, Raj Gupta, Segun Agbaje, Tony Elumelu, Modupe Alakija & Folorunso Alakija.
Responsible for intellectual leadership around testing issues, treatment protocols, isolation centres, amongst others:
Prof. Akin Abayomi (Lagos State Commissioner for health), Dhamari Naidoo (WHO), Dr. Christian Happy, Dr. Phillip Onyebujo, Chikwe Ihekweazu (NCDC), Paulin Basing (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), Zouera Youssoufou (Aliko Dangote Foundation), Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan (Access Bank).
Responsible for project management, logistics and communication.
Amaechi Okobi (Access Bank), Tony Chiejina (Dangote group), Osayi Alile (ACT Foundation), representatives of Zenith Bank, GT Bank, First Bank, Stanbic IBTC, Ecobank, Fidelity Bank, Unity Bank, Nigerian Breweries Plc.
We have more than 50 partners across the country, all in private sector practice. Together, we have unified our resources towards the singular focus of eliminating the pandemic in Nigeria.
We are looking towards raising enough funds to keep the projects going and eradicaing the pandemic.
Let’s do this for the future of humanity and the future we seek to leave for our children.
We are looking towards raising enough funds to keep the projects going.
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People walk along a main road wearing face masks at Yaba in Lagos, on February 28, 2020. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).
At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings become available. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
Other symptoms include:
People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should self-isolate and contact their medical provider or a COVID-19 information line for advice on testing and referral. People with fever, cough or difficulty breathing should call their doctor and seek medical attention.
For more quick updates, visit the WHO website https://www.who.int
The task force will be divided into 3 teams with each team responsible for different aspects i.e
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