Aspire Coronation Trust, ACT, Foundation has announced the launch of a new COVID-19 response initiative targeting Lagos, Kano and Edo states.
According to the Executive Director of ACT Foundation, Osayi Alile, the intervention funded by Novartis, through its Nigeria office, is a direct response to the lack of access to Personal Protective Equipment, PPE, for front line workers.
On how the ACT Foundation COVID-19 initiative will work, Alile said that the intervention aims to provide support for the various emergency activities in Nigeria against the spread of COVID-19, through the distribution of face masks, face shields and latex disposable gloves.
Alile, who lamented that the COVID-19 global pandemic has highlighted the inadequacies of health care systems around the world, said countries had been faced with a shortage of necessary protective equipment, putting an additional toll on health care workers, and increasing their risk of contracting the virus.
On the importance of the ACT Foundation COVID-19 response initiative, she stressed that it was especially important in developing countries where there is insufficient health infrastructure, health care workers are at an even higher risk.