StanChart helps COVID patients

New Age Desk | Published: 23:46, Jun 03,2020


Standard Chartered Bangladesh is working with Sajida Foundation to stand beside COVID-19 patients in Narayanganj, said a press release.

The Bank’s funds will go towards daily treatment cost of all COVID-19 patients kept in isolation at the SAJIDA Hospital Narayanganj.

The hospital is operated by SAJIDA Foundation, has been converted into a COVID-19 isolation centre, with a requisite supply of ICU facilities, ventilators, dialysis machines and PPE gear.

Naser Ezaz Bijoy, CEO, Standard Chartered Bangladesh, said that Standard Chartered has contributed USD 1.6 million to Red Cross and UNICEF programmes that are providing emergency relief to communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh. The Bank is also collaborating with BRAC to deliver support packages to 25,000 people from 5000 low-income families, residing in locked-down areas. 

Zahida Fizza Kabir, CEO, SAJIDA Foundation, said that the SAJIDA’s two hospitals located in COVID-19 hotspots have treated over 15,000 patients since March 2020. SAJIDA has also introduced an online COVID-19 symptom checker chatbot and dedicated hotline numbers to provide general and mental health consultation.

Standard Chartered has also initiated a $ 1 billion global financing programme for companies that provide goods and services to help the fight against COVID-19. It has also launched a $ 50 million fund aiding communities affected by the pandemic across its global footprint, including Bangladesh.

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