Several renowned corporate bodies recently had a brainstorming session at Lagos Business School on ways to tackle the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
The meeting, facilitated by LBS faculty, Dr Henrietta Onwuegbuzie, was aimed at driving a co-ordinated private sector collaboration in this regard, following findings that efforts to curb the spread of the disease so far were inadequate.
At the meeting, attended by representatives from Samsung, Standard Chartered, ExxonMobil and Stanbic IBTC, among others, participating organisations proposed the provision of potable water, sanitised public toilets/showers and isolation centres in high and low-income neighbourhoods. They urged the Lagos State government to make dilapidated healthcare facilities available for conversion into isolation centres, in a bid to curb the spread of the virus through ineffective domestic control.
Under the umbrella of the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PSHAN), participants made commitments by turns to further the timely cause. ExxonMobil and ARCO Petrochemicals offered their support towards the execution of borehole projects at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) which currently lacks same. HealthPlus offered to supply consumables at the proposed isolation centres, JNC International will provide information on isolation centre options and costs; while PSHAN will work on the logistics for the provision of water to densely populated neighbourhoods and requirements for setting up an isolation centre.
Going forward, PSHAN will provide a report on the requirements for well-equipped isolation centres and disseminate same to corporate bodies. The body will also work out modalities for establishing an isolation centre and training health workers, with the financial support it can harness.