Didier Drogba has offered his hospital up as a coronavirus treatment centre in order to help fight the spread in the Ivory Coast.
The Chelsea legend’s opened a hospital in the Ivorian capital of Abidjan back in 2016.
And as fears grow of a rise in cases in the country, Drogba has decided to help deal with the killer disease.
In the Ivory Coast, the first coronavirus case was reported on March 11.
A month on, 574 have been positively diagnosed, with 85 recovering and five subsequently losing their lives.
The Ivorian government recently announced 13 hospitals in Abidjan and 45 in the country will be used as COVID-19 treatment centres.
Didier Drogba has offered his hospital up to help people in the Ivory Coast amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Vincent Toh Bi Irie, the head of Abidjan’s regional council, paid tribute to Drogba for his gesture, saying: “We thank Drogba for this gift considered as an act of patriotism.”
Drogba hung up his boots in 2018 after a top career in football and has used his money to regularly help his homeland.
The 42-year-old grew up in Abidjan before moving to France to live with his uncle at the age of just six.
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is helping many in his homeland of the Ivory Coast amid the coronavirus crisis
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After starting his professional career with Le Mans, Guingamp and Marseille, he joined Chelsea in 2004 and became a club legend at Stamford Bridge.
The striker scored 157 goals in 341 games across all competitions in an eight-year spell in west London, which included netting the winning penalty as Chelsea clinched their first ever Champions League trophy in 2012.
Jose Mourinho brought him back to Chelsea for the 2014/15 campaign as he helped them win the Premier League title again.
Drogba ultimately won the Premier League four times with the Blues, as well as four FA Cups and three League Cups.