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Chuks Udo Okonta
Sunu Assurance Plc and its sister company, Sunu Health Nigeria Limited has donated N15 million worth of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Lagos State Government to help protect front line health workers against Coronavirus.
The parent company Sunu Group, one of the leading Pan-African group of insurance has in total donated N300 million worth of PPE across Africa as part of its support to Governments.
The Chairman, Sunu Assurance Plc while donating the equipments to the Lagos State Government at its Medical Warehouse in Lekki Lagos, said they decided to provide them to protect the front line workers who are the ones taking care of the people that test positive to the virus.
He stated that Coronavirus is a novel virus that has no cure and the only way to cure it is through prevention.
He said: “All over the world, we hear doctors and health care workers being infected by the virus. We need our doctors to be hale and hearty in order to deliver care to the people.
“We have personal protective equipment’s worth about N15 million that we are giving out to protect our front line workers”.
This is Sunu groups contribution to the pandemic all across Africa. Suno is in 14 African countries primarily west African countries both the French speaking and the English speaking west African countries. In each and every country there has been similar donations being made of PPE for the front line workers that are tackling this pandemic.
The Managing Director, Sunu Assurance, Mr. Samuel Ogbodu on his part said the Sunu Group took the decision to donate the PPE across Africa.
“Since the Coronavirus is ravaging the whole of Africa, the Group decided to contribute its own quota in the fight towards the elimination of covid 19 in the various countries where are present. We are present in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
“Aside from this, Sunu Assurance here in Nigeria also contributed to the insurance industry N11 billion insurance cover for 5000 frontline health workers under the Nigeria Center for Disease and Control (NCDC). We will also be supporting the less privileged people. We also pray for the front line workers.
“As an insurance company, our advice to the people is that they should protect themselves against the virus by following the social distance guideline and also ensure that they have insurance policies in place to protect their lives and businesses.
Sunu Health, Dr Patrick Korie listed the personal protective equipment they are donating as N95 masks, splash resistant suits and googles.
He disclosed that while the donation is for Lagos State, the Group plans to donate to other states as the idea is to cover all countries.
Receiving the equipment on behalf of the Lagos State Government, Mr. Olajide Rasaq who said he manages the medical warehouse appreciated Sunu Group.
He said everything matters at this time and they appreciate that the company knows that the fight against Coronavirus is not for the government alone.
It is for everyone that has the capacity to help, he added.