How Tech Startup Xerde is responding to COVID-19 in Nigeria

With over a million of the world’s population infected by the Coronavirus, thousands dead and hundreds recovering, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has officially declared the virus a pandemic.

On the home front here in Nigeria, with thirty-six states, fourteen out of these states currently record different cases of the Coronavirus that sums up to 232 infected persons, 5 deaths and 33 recoveries according to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), as at April 5, 2020.

To further curtail the spread of the Virus, the federal and state governments of affected states have issued a two-week lockdown in their states, this has, in turn, affected Small businesses, big corporations, and individuals.

To respond to the lockdown and reduce the impact of the Coronavirus disease, well-meaning Individuals, Organisations and even Tech start-ups are using their resources and expertise to drive a social impactful cause.

Businesses are putting integrated efforts to strike a balance while going digital at a Global lockdown time like this is key. The tech industries are making efforts to digitize the process, see that life goes on and nothing comes to a stop.

Xerde Limited a Tech company in Nigeria is currently leveraging on integrated efforts to respond to the COVID-19 situation in Nigeria, hence the tech start-up has built an online platform called the COVID Response NG which brings volunteers under various Taskforce. The Founder and CEO of Xerde Technology Limited Khadijat Abdulkadir who is a certified Software Architect and an entrepreneur, in her press statement, stated that the various Taskforces include Emergency and Clinic identification.

Taskforce, COVID-19 assessment Taskforce, Information Taskforce, Food Security Taskforce and Social Media Taskforce. These Taskforces are led by professionals in their careers. She also stated the various activities of the Taskforce in her press statement, released on March 28, 2020.

With the creation of COVID response NG website, and mobile application by Xerde Limited, which helps users to carry out a free COVID-19 assessment test, donate items and money to help curb the economic and social impact of the Virus on the people, in various local communities in Nigeria. The Food Security Taskforce has currently surpassed its fundraising target Via a Social Financial platform; TUDO and looks forward to partnering with the NCDC and Government to send out these funds and items to people who deserve them.

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