Coronavirus: UBA Joins The League Of Compliant Organisations, Procure Temperature Testing Equipment

By Elizabeth  Chukwuma

In spite of the fact that the Federal government has designated the Premier port, Apapa, Lagos state   and the Calabar port, in Cross river state as well as the eight International  airports in the country, including the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, as major transmission routes of the  Asian country of China, born Coronavirus, Kingsley Uzoka, led Management of the United Bank for Africa , UBA, African global  bank , has adopted the anti-coronavirus measures initiated by the government over the last four months to contain the spread of the deadly disease in Nigeria.

Recall that the government  had established  testing Capacity in four Laboratories  and surveillance  to follow up  with  travellers  from China, Italy, Iran, Japan,  Hongkong, Spain and South Korea, particular, which had been affected by the sickness in their thousands , within 14 days , of arriving the country.

The Deposit Bank, according to sources had  procured  the temperature testing equipment which the  government had  said would be needed to identify the carrier of the disease in a business premises.  The Value News  learnt that the temperature of Customers and visitors to the bank, particular, the Headquarters branch at Marina , Lagos, are checked by the security officials who were armed by the equipment. The bank officials were said to have been trained on how to apply the equipment in checking the temperature of Customers and visitors to the Bank. The Magazine learnt that there is a certain temperature that someone could attain  after being  checked and the person  would be quarantined in the bank.

The Magazine cited some Customers of the Bank being stopped and asked to  position themselves to check their temperature. Those   whose temperature were found to fall within the range that could be considered to be normal were asked to go. For the two hours the Magazine watched what was happening at the entrance to the  Headquarters’  marina branch banking hall, the security personnel were serious in conducting their tests as  no person was granted concession to go into the Banking premises  without going  through the testing process.

Notwithstanding that the UBA the fact Management had invested on  anti-coronavirus  temperature testing equipment, they were s said to have procured sanitizers which had been distributed to all the branches of the bank nationwide. The Bank Management may have decided to join the government to contain the spread of the deadly disease which  had  recorded some index cases in Senegal, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Nigeria to avoid a spread of it in the country.

 The over 250 persons who were said to have had  contact  with the first index  case in the country, an Italia, who has a business dealing  with an Ogun state based Company, during this flight to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos, were said to have been quarantined in Ogun and Lagos states  to avoid  the spread of the sickness until confirmed negative after going through the temperature and other tests.

Prior to UBA involvement in the fight against the spread of the deadly sickness in the country, only the Hajia Hadiza Bala Usman led Nigerian Ports Authority , NPA, had championed the cause of stopping the spread of the sickness in the country through the seaports. The agency had provided personnel serving in  various Committees that had been set up by the government over the last four months to monitor the spread of the sickness in the country.

Kingsley Uzoka: UBA Group MD

A top official of the Federal ministry of Health who spoke to the Magazine disclosed that if other Organisations , particular, the deposit banks could take a cue from UBA and NPA, to invest on the anti-coronavirus equipment and sanitizers as well donate generously to the government  in the fight against the virus, they would be assisting the country. 

 Donald Trump, the United  States president fears that  now that  the deadly disease is spreading in alarming rate in Asia and Europe,  it may   spread to the North American country if nothing urgent is done to address the problem.

This may have informed why he is freeing  up $50 billion in Federal funds  for the battles  against the coronavirus pandemic . He was said to have promised to vastly ramp up testing capacity of the sickness in the united States within one hour.      ‘’we will turn corner on this virus’’, he had said.

Last Friday, a worried Trump  has provided $1.3 million  to support the in funding two laboratories  to develop  coronavirus tests equipment  that turn in results  within one hour. Work on the two laboratories: DiaSorin Molecular of California and QIAGEN of Maryland are said to be progressing fast.

The US Pesident who is not ready to sit-by and watch people  die in their thousands in  different parts of the world because of the coronavirus  was said to have concluded plans  to release an additional to release an additional $1.4  million for Laboratory tests equipment for the deadly disease in the next one week and $5million within one month.

The country’s Food and Drug Administration was said to have  given  approval  to the SWISS Pharmaceutical giant  , Rche , to expedite action in developing  a new and aster coronavirus test.  Given that the developing countries do not have the resource combat the sickness, the International Monetary Fund, IMF, and the World Bank ,is to provide $12 billion to boost countries Coronavirus response as it happened, meaning that the African countries, which have recorded index cases would benefit from the Fund.

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