Cititrust Donates N1m to NGO to Combat COVID-19


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Cititrust Holdings on Tuesday donated N1 million to Health Emergency Initiative (HEI), an NGO, to procure Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health workers.

Presenting the cheque, Mr Yemi Adefisan, Group Chief Executive of the Company, said that the donation was their own quota and support towards the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Adefisan said that the company operates across 13 African countries and still expanding its frontiers in the globe.

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He said that they had made donations in other Africans countries as well as in Lagos and Osun states as the company would continue to donate food, materials and PPE to state governments.

“Today is a cash donation to HEI for PPE for health workers, which is part of what we have planned to do.

“We hoped that the equipment will get down to the right people to help support the vulnerable and those affected by the pandemic,’’ he said.

Receiving the cash donation, Mr Paschal Achunine, Executive Director, HEI said that his NGO recognized that timely provision of PPE was critical to winning the war against COVID-19.

“If you check across the globe, in most places where the pandemic killed a lot of people, it happened because they don’t have enough PPE or it was not timely provided.

“HEI embarked on setting up of an emergency trust fund, purchased and distributed to an organisation in Nigeria.

“With the fund provided by Cititrust Holdings, who saw and verify what we have done is to get PPE across to the critical ones that need them.

“We have been working with hospitals in the last five years and we know their touchpoints, every kobo committed to us, gets maximum value,” he said.

Achunine said that HEI has been consistent in 27 hospitals in Lagos including LUTH, LASUTH and IDH, Yaba.

He said that his NGO had been providing support and resuscitation for indigent patients and accident victims when taken to the hospital.

“The resources are limited and challenges are there but l urge companies and individuals to key into the emergency trust fund and appeal to the masses to take precautions, stay alive as the landscape has changed,’’ he said.

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