bKash handed over 300 more ventilators along with 300,000 emergency health toolkits like infrared thermometers, masks, protective clothing and medical goggles donated by China’s Alibaba Foundation and Jack Ma Foundation to accelerate COVID treatment during this winter.
Prior to this, bKash handed over 650,000 medical supplies including 50 ventilators from Alibaba Foundation and Jack Ma Foundation to PM's Relief Fund in June, 2020 in virtual presence of the Honorable Prime Minister. This time, Kamal Quadir, CEO of bKash handed over the emergency medical supplies to Abu Hena Morshed Zaman, Director of Central Medical Stores Depot (CMSD) in presence of Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister at PM’s office.
Md. Abdul Mannan, Secretary of Health Services Division and Major General Sheikh Md. Monirul Islam (Retd.), Chief External and Corporate Affairs Officer of bKash were also present at the program.
This time, the donation of 36.7 ton medical equipment includes 300 ventilators, 250,200 KN95 masks, 30,000 medical disposable protective clothing, 200 infrared thermometers and 85,000 medical goggles.
Besides these, bKash from its own fund, has provided 30 ventilators to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Dhaka Shishu Hospital, Dhaka CMH and Central Police Hospital as part of social responsibility to increase medical capacity of the top hospitals of Bangladesh few days back. The company also installed oxygen plant at the Diabetic Hospital (BIHS General Hospital) as a part of this continuous donation during the ongoing pandemic.
In the context of the urgent need of ventilators for the treatment of patients suffering from severe respiratory infections by Covid-19 in the country, concerned people have expressed hope that these ventilators provided by Alibaba and bKash will accelerate Corona treatment and make it more effective.
Launched in 2011, bKash, a joint venture of BRAC Bank, US based Money in Motion, International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Ant Group, operates as a payment service provider offering broad range of digital financial services under the regulation of Bangladesh Bank.