Chelsea football legend, Didier Drogba has offered his hospital in his native Ivory Coast as a treatment center for novel coronavirus patients.
The hospital was opened in 2016 and named after former Ivory Coast footballer Laurent Pokou, who passed away in the same year the hospital opened.
Vincent Toh Bi Irie, the head of Abidjan’s regional council, has praised Drogba for his ‘patriotic gesture,’ saying the hospital will help them fight the disease.
‘We thank Drogba for this gift considered as an act of patriotism,’ Toh Bi said
The first case of coronavirus was recorded in Ivory Coast on March 11 and since there have been 574 people diagnosed with the virus and five have died.
The Ivorian football legend who retired from football in November 2018 while playing for the U.S. team Phoenix Rising.He played for Le Mans and Guingamp before joining Marseille, where he later left for Chelsea in 2004 for a then club-record fee of £24m.
He scored 164 goals in 381 appearances over two spells with Chelsea, helping them win the Premier League four times and the Champions League in 2012, as well as four FA Cup triumphs and three League Cup victories.
Drogba also played for Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua as well as Galatasaray in Turkey, Major League Soccer franchise Montreal Impact and Phoenix Rising in the US.