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Nigerian Tech Startups are beginning to join in the fight against COVID-19. With the spread of the virus in the country and the need for rapid measures to be put in place, these Tech Startups have decided to utilize their funds and assets for the good of the society.
This is like a shift from their regular businesses to standing as superheroes in times like this.
LifeBank led by Temie Giwa-Tubosun is a business enterprise in Nigeria that helps to improve access to blood transfusions in Nigeria. This company, in this COVID-19 pandemic, has shifted its attention to seeking medical equipment needed for combating the virus. It has also created a national register to track hospitals across the country with ventilators and respirators.
Recently, LifeBank partnered with Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) to start free screening for the virus on 30th March, in Lagos.
Hotels.ng owned by Mark Essien is an online hotel booking agency with over 7,000 hotels registered on its platform. The company has partnered with hotels across the country to provide isolation centers that are going to serve as answers to the country’s limited isolation facilities.
54gene is a genomics research company. It recently launched a fund to tackle the current challenges around testing for COVID-19 in Nigeria. The $500,000 fund is meant to boost the country’s COVID-19 testing capacity by up to 1,000 tests per day and to also procure the necessary protective equipment needed to keep healthcare workers safe.
Jumia Nigeria, an online shopping mall has also donated 100,000 face masks to Nigeria’s Ministry of Health and offered to provide logistics services in distributing health products.
Ventures Platform, founded by Kola Aina is a company that funds and supports innovative companies. It has partnered with the Lagos Science and Research Agency to find and fund creative tech-based solutions that can help tackle COVID-19.
The solutions proferred by these Nigerian Tech Startups in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic is a clear indication of the fact that all hands must be on deck in eliminating the virus.