The donation was made right into a fund arrange by 54gene, an African genomics analysis, providers and growth firm working intently with the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The cash will assist improve COVID-19 testing capability within the nation by as much as 1,000 extra checks a day, by shopping for testing devices and significant biosafety supplies equivalent to biosafety cupboards and private protecting gear urgently wanted to maintain frontline healthcare staff protected.
The procured gear shall be put in normally hospitals and laboratories throughout the nation, and can stay in place even after the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, for use within the case of future outbreaks. As well as, there may also be intensive coaching and help to medical practitioners and volunteers working throughout the nation to curb the menace.
Saying the donation, the Chief Government Officer of Union Bank, Emeka Emuwa, mentioned: Group is one in every of our core values at Union Bank, and theres no higher time to dwell this worth than now. A vital want for the nation presently is to scale up our testing capabilities and provides us a greater likelihood of slowing the unfold of the virus. We’re subsequently happy to be supporting 54gene who’s instantly collaborating with NCDC and World Well being Organisation who’re coordinating Nigerias Covid-19 response.
Whereas commending Union Bank on its donation, the CEO of 54gene, Abasi Ene-Obong additionally mentioned: The fast and guaranteed response from a few of Nigerias most respected establishments, equivalent to Union Bank, to hitch us in our fight against this lethal illness is extremely welcome, and we thank them for his or her unwavering help. They, like us, perceive the necessity for a multi-stakeholder, co-ordinated plan, that may be applied nearly instantly, as we work collectively as a group, aspect-by-aspect, to fight COVID-19 and shield our inhabitants.
Final week, Union Bank, which had already been proactive in rolling out stringent security and hygiene practices inside its branches and repair places, took the lead in activating distant work for its staff, directing greater than 70p.c of its staff in non-service capabilities to do business from home beginning Monday, March 23.
Union Bank additionally introduced the launch of a toll-free Buyer Care quantity 0800 700 700 which clients can name freed from cost at anytime of the day or evening to get assist with banking points. These initiatives underscore Union Banks dedication to containing the unfold of the virus whereas actively supporting the communities inside which it operates.