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Beximco comes to aid of healthcare professionals

Beximco provides Tk 15cr PPE, medicines, test kits for COVID-19
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Beximco comes to aid of healthcare professionals
Nazmul Hassan MP, managing director of Beximco Pharma, the pharmaceutical division of Beximco Group, holds a pack of personal protective equipment (PPEs), medicines, and test kits alongside Professor Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of IEDCR, and others at a hotel in the capital yesterday. Independent photo

In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic taking massive toll globally, Bangladesh corporate giant Beximco Group has come to the aid of frontline healthcare professionals, providing them with personal protective equipment (PPE), medicines and test kits.

Beximco Group’s pharmaceutical unit Beximco Pharma has started distributing the equipment with Beximco Group contributing Tk 15 crore (US$1.8 million) to support the initiative.

Nazmul Hassan MP, managing director of 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 at a simple ceremony at a local hotel in the capital yesterday.

Mia Seppo, UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh, Prof Allen Ross, senior director of Infectious Diseases Division of icddr,b, Bardan Jung Rana, WHO representative in Bangladesh, Michael Friedman, country director of CDC, Prof Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of IEDCR, and Prof Dr. Ahmedul Kabir, general secretary of Bangladesh Society of Medicine, were also present on the occasion, according to a press statement.

Commenting on the 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 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 offer 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 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 coronavirus as a war and testing time for humanity, Salman F Rahman 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 healthcare workers dealing with the COVID-19 patients every day.

“Beximco will continue to offer essential PPE in order to ensure the safety of the doctors, nurses, and patients to help 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,” Hassan said.

He said the initiatives 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 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 programmes in response to COVID-19 outbreak in Bangladesh.

 

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Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
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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