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28 March, 2020 05:57:11 PM

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COVID-19 pandemic: Beximco gives Tk15cr PPE to healthcare professionals

Staff Reporter, Dhaka
COVID-19 pandemic: Beximco gives Tk15cr PPE to healthcare professionals

In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic taking massive toll globally, Bangladesh Corporate Giant Beximco Group decided to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), medicines, test kits for diagnosis for protecting the frontline health care workers dealing with the COVID-19 patients every day.

Beximco Group’s pharmaceutical division, Beximco Pharma, has started distributing these equipment to protect the healthcare professionals in the country.

Nazmul Hassan MP, Managing Director, Beximco Pharma, handed over the first consignment of the equipment to representatives from different testing centres and Government designated hospitals for treating COVID-19 patients during a simple ceremony at a local hotel today (Saturday).

Ms. Mia Seppo, UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh, Prof.

Allen Ross, Senior Director, Infectious Diseases Division of icddr,b, Dr Bardan Jung Rana, WHO Representative in Bangladesh, Dr. Michael Friedman, Country Director, CDC, Prof. Dr. Meerjady Sabrina Flora, Director, IEDCR, and Prof Dr. Ahmedul Kabir, General Secretary, Bangladesh Society of Medicine were also present on this occasion.

Beximco Group has contributed BDT15 crore (US$1.8 million) to support this initiative.

Beximco Group Chairman A S F Rahman said the group is always committed to extending support to any national emergency.

“As the spread of COVID-19 accelerates, affecting almost every country around the world, we are also facing an unprecedented challenge to cope with the impact of this pandemic.”

“Ensuring access to personal protective equipment is a top priority right now, and we are proud to be responding to this need to ensure the safety of healthcare professionals in Bangladesh. We, as a responsible business group, will continue to provide our wholehearted support to the Government in facing this enormous crisis,” said ASF Rahman.

Beximco Group Vice-Chairman Salman F Rahman, who is also Private Industry and Investment Adviser to Hon’ble Prime Minister, said the corporates of Bangladesh are acutely aware of their social responsibilities and have always joined the national efforts to tackle any crisis.

Referring to the Prime Minister’s speech stating this fight against corona virus as a war and testing time for humanity, Salman said: “It has to be fought on all fronts involving both private and public sectors.”  

“I believe that the initiative of Beximco Group will inspire other entities, large and small, in Bangladesh to come forward in helping the government to tackle this crisis to best of their abilities,” said the adviser to the Prime Minister.

Bangladesh has so far reported 48 cases of COVID-19 and 5 deaths, with a number people suspected of having COVID-19 under quarantine.

Managing Director of  Beximco Pharma Nazmul Hassan MP said during this time of global crisis, Bangladesh urgently needs a supply of medicines for treatment, test kits for diagnosis and PPE for protecting the frontline health care workers dealing with the COVID-19 patients every day.

“Beximco will continue to provide essential PPE in order to ensure the safety of the doctors, nurses, and patients and help to maintain normal hospital activity as much as possible. In addition, Beximco Pharma is actively involved in various initiatives and support programmes in response to the COVID-19 outbreak,” Nazmul said.

He said these include arranging much needed ventilators from abroad for the critical COVID-19 patients and in collaboration with a research organization of international repute, providing financial support in the creation of modern laboratory facilities and enhancing hospital facilities, especially for the underprivileged.
 
Beximco Pharma will distribute PPE, which include very high-quality imported ‘TYVEK Protective Coveralls’ (protective gowns), face masks, gloves, protective goggles etc. in two phases.

In the first phase, the Company will distribute sufficient numbers of PPE to two testing centres - IEDCR and icddr,b, and other Government designated hospitals for COVID-19 treatment namely Kuwait Maitri Hospital,  Kurmitola General Hospital, Bangladesh Railway Hospital in Kamlapur, Mahanagar General Hospital in Nayabazar, BAVS Maternity Hospital in Mirpur, Kamrangirchar 31-bed Hospital, Aminbazar 20-bed Hospital, Jinjira 20-bed Hospital and CMH Dhaka.
 
In the second phase Beximco Pharma will expand distribution of these PPE nationwide to more than 150 leading hospitals.
 
Beximco, guided by its strong CSR policy, is actively involved in various initiatives and support programs in response to COVID-19 (Corona virus) outbreak in the country.

NS

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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