Grameenphone has confirmed to source and handover 50,000 unit medical-grade professional Personal Protective Gear or PPE, including protective coveralls, N95 masks, gloves, goggles, and 10,000 PCR test kits for medical healthcare providers in selected hospitals designated for coronavirus treatment by the Directorate General of Health Services, said a press release.
The effort comes as part of Grameenphone’s collaboration with the a2i project and the DGHS to protect the health professionals amid the virus outbreak in the country.
Commenting on the initiative, posts and telecommunications minister Mustafa Jabbar said, ‘We welcome Grameenphone’s proactive effort to initiate this support during this difficult time, and I believe other companies will also come forward and stand by the government to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak to the best of their abilities.’
GP chief executive officer Yasir Azman said, ‘This is our utmost responsibility to contribute as individuals and corporations during this unprecedented challenging time globally. No nation was ever ready to tackle this situation; I encourage all to come forward collectively in fighting back COVID-19 in this difficult time. We are grateful to the Government as they are encouraging and guiding us in taking the right step. Now every drop counts.’
Regarding this, directorate general of health services professor Abul Kalam Azad said, ‘Grameenphone approached us and showed proactive interest to support us in this situation. After consulting with us, they took the initiative to source and contribute medical-grade full PPE set to protect healthcare professionals who need to deal with corona infected patients. It is good that they have also arranged a good number of PCR test kits.’
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