Beximco Group distributes PPE, face masks, gloves to healthcare professionals fighting COVID-19

Beximco Group distributes PPE, face masks, gloves to healthcare professionals fighting COVID-19

This initiative of Beximco Group will inspire other entities, large and small, in the country to come forward and help government: Salman F Rahman

Beximco Group’s pharmaceutical division, Beximco Pharma has started distributing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), medicines, test kits for protecting the frontline healthcare professionals who are dealing with Covid-19 patients every day in the country.

Bangladeshi corporate giant comes to aid of healthcare professionals

In response to the evolving Coronavirus outbreak, the Bangladeshi government has already taken preventive measures including the 10-day restriction on people’s movement by way of social distancing and other measures. Furthermore, the country has not reported any new cases of Coronavirus in the last 48 hours.

Nevertheless, many have expressed concerned that there is a serious lack of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds with facilities of ventilators, shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health care workers, testing kits, among others. Therefore, this move by Bangladeshi corporate giant Beximco Group, which is Co-founded by Salman F Rahman, could assist the nation to tackle this crisis.

According to a press release, Managing Director of Beximco Pharma, Nazmul Hassan MP  handed over the first consignment of the equipment to representatives from different centres for treating COVID-19 patients.

Beximco Group will continue to provide essential PPE, which include very high-quality imported “TYVEK Protective Coveralls” (protective gowns) to ensure the safety of medical staff, says Nazmul. The group is also actively involved in the creation of modern laboratory facilities and enhancing hospital facilities in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, he added.

Beximco Group has contributed Tk 15 crore to support this initiative. Beximco Group Vice-Chairman Salman F Rahman, who is also Private Industry and Investment Adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina praised the corporates in Bangladesh, calling them socially responsible. Referring to the prime minister’s speech on Coronavirus, Salman F Rahman said: “It has to be fought on all fronts involving both private and public sectors.”

The ceremony which was held at a local hotel was attended by: Mia Seppo, UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh; Dr Bradan Jung Rana, WHO Representative in Bangladesh, among others.

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