Access Bank Plc says it has partnered Dangote Foundation and the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria to build modern infrastructure for the treatment and prevention of terminal and communicable diseases in the country and West Africa.
An Executive Director at Access Bank, Mr. Victor Etuokwu, specifically said the tripartite collaboration would help to raise N5bn to build an international research centre.
Etuokwu said, “The true essence of life is relationship with others. It’s the real reason we are here. When we sit back and watch diseases take over, while we do nothing, we stand to lose everything.
The Chief Executive Officer, IHVN, Dr. Patrick Dakum, said Nigeria could not continue to depend on international donors to take care of its citizens.
He said, “Currently, international funding is the major contributor to mitigating many communicable diseases in Nigeria, and this is not sustainable.
“We cannot continually depend on the generosity of the international community for our health and those of our children.
“Neither should we keep travelling outside the country when we can build our capacity within to research, prevent and treat many of these diseases locally. “
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Foundation, Zouera Youssoufou, said the foundation’s partnership with the IHVN was part of its strategic objectives.
“It is in no doubt that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation. We are delighted to be part of this laudable project, especially for providing opportunities for health promotion and disease prevention.”