In collaboration with the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Grameenphone has started the first phase of PPE distribution.
Grameenphone has started to distribute medical-grade professional PPE, comprising of protective coverall, KN 95 mask, latex gloves, goggles to the frontline medical workers in the selected hospitals.
The company distributed 6000 units of protective coverall, latex gloves, and goggles to Kuwait Bangladesh Friendship Government Hospital on Thursday.
With the number of Covid-19 cases on the rise, this tranche of PPE will enable the health professional to provide medical support without getting infected to cope and mitigate the outbreak.
"During this global pandemic, Bangladesh urgently needs to ensure the safety and protection of our frontline health professionals. Health workers are our first and most important line of defense against the Coronavirus. We are committed to extending our support and will continue to provide our wholehearted support to the government during the crisis," said Grameenphone Chief Executive Officer Yasir Azman.
"Coronavirus needs to be fought on all fronts, and both private and public sectors must do their part. Thanks to DGHS for guiding us to import the right product and taking us through a vigorous quality check to make sure our health professionals can confidently serve the nation. Today we have started the first phase of distribution and gradually complete the rest," he further added.
Professor Dr AK Azad of the DGHS said: "We are facing an unprecedented challenge with the impact of this pandemic and ensuring access to good quality/medical grade PPE, and other safety gears are our top priority. Both private and public sectors are tirelessly working with the Government of Bangladesh to ensure the access of all the necessary medical equipment to tackle the pandemic. We appreciate the initiative that Grameenphone has taken, and we encourage other entities to come forward as well."