Over 900 Nigerians, 20 corporations support Health Workers Fund

By Adekunle Yusuf

More than 900 individual donors, including celebrities and 20 corporate organisations, have donated to the N1 billion Health Workers Fund initiated by Giving.ng, a crowdfunding platform. By the end of July, the fund launched in April 2020 had paid over N25.7 million in hazard allowances to 111 frontline health workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic across the country.

A statement by Giving.ng made available in Lagos showed that the fund was seeded with N25million by Sterling Bank Plc. In addition, about 900 Nigerians, including celebrities and 20 corporate bodies, have supported the fund.

The Governing Board Chairman of the fund, Dr. Olaokun Soyinka, Ppraised the resilience of all health workers and their dedication to duty while appreciating the good gesture of all donors for what he described “as a magic in the often-neglected area of incentivising health workers, which is critical.” He disclosed that one 111  health workers have been paid N100,000.00 for three consecutive months, across seven states of the federation.

“With what we have done, we have decided against the backdrop of the increasing numbers of infected COVID-19 cases across the country and the need to protect our protectors, to extend the payment for another three months, up till October 31, 2020.

“We are hoping to expand both the scope and reach of our work. With our plan to extend the period of intervention, we will be counting on getting more partners on the project as the board evolves rapidly to stay ahead of COVID-19 developments and will discharge our duty transparently,” Soyinka said. According to the Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Bank, Abubakar Suleiman, the fund is the bank’s battle cry because even if the country builds 1,000 new Intensive Care Units (ICUs) today and healthcare workers are unable to attend to patients because they are falling sick, there will be a problem.

source: https://thenationonlineng.net/over-900-nigerians-20-corporations-support-health-workers-fund/

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