They were donated, alongside emergency health toolkits, by the Alibaba Foundation and Jack Ma Foundation
bKash has handed over 300 more ventilators, along with 300,000 emergency health toolkits – which include infrared thermometers, masks, protective clothing, and medical goggles – donated by China's Alibaba Foundation and the Jack Ma Foundation to accelerate Covid-19 treatment this winter.
Kamal Quadir, CEO of bKash, handed over the emergency medical supplies to Abu Hena Morshed Zaman, director of the Central Medical Stores Depot (CMSD). This was done in the presence of Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus, principal secretary to the prime minister, at the prime minister's office, read a press release on Saturday.
Secretary of the Health Services Division Md Abdul Mannan and bKash's Chief External and Corporate Affairs Officer Major General Sheikh Md. Monirul Islam (Retd) were also present at the programme, it added.
Prior to this, bKash handed over 650,000 medical supplies, including 50 ventilators, from the Alibaba Foundation and Jack Ma Foundation to the prime minister's relief fund in June.
This time, the donation of 36.7 tonnes of medical equipment includes: 300 ventilators, 250,200 KN95 masks, 30,000 units of medical disposable protective clothing, 200 infrared thermometers, and 85,000 pairs of medical goggles.
Besides this, bKash, from its own funds, provided 30 ventilators to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Dhaka Shishu Hospital, Dhaka CMH, and Central Police Hospital as part of its corporate social responsibility to increase the medical capacity of the top hospitals of Bangladesh, a few days ago.
The company also installed an oxygen plant at the Diabetic Hospital of BIHS General Hospital as a part of this continuous donations during the ongoing pandemic.
In the context of the urgent need for ventilators for the treatment of patients suffering from severe respiratory infections caused by Covid-19 in the country, people concerned have expressed hope that these ventilators provided by Alibaba and bKash will accelerate Covid-19 treatment and make it more effective.