Karachi, June 30, 2020 (PPI-OT): Standard Chartered Pakistan has today announced further details on how the Bank is providing short-term relief to communities who have been impacted through COVID-19. The Bank is providing PKR19.7Mn to support communities in need. The Bank will be enabling the set-up of modular HDU units and free testing as well as providing rations to underserved communities and PPEs to our doctors and nurses.
This is in addition to the earlier commitment announced by the Bank of USD1 million to Red Cross and UNICEF programmes that are providing emergency relief to communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bank has donated PKR 10.2Mn for the purchase and implementation of 6 Modular HDU Units. With a rise in the number COVID-19 cases, the province of Sindh is facing a shortage of medically equipped units.
All hospitals are running at almost full capacity, hospital rejection rates are rising and as the contagion continues to multiply. To support hospitals with capacity, HDU units contain 24 negative pressure air-conditioned modules. The Bank is providing six HDU units which include, generators, medical grade beds, a negative pressure regime, constant air circulation, oxygen supply manifolds, electricity, ante-room for doctors and restroom units.
In addition, the Bank has also given PKR 3Mn to support free Covid-19 testing of 500 people. The Bank has donated PKR 4.3Mn to enable the Orange Tree Foundation to distribute more than 850 Rations to the underprivileged areas. The rations will be distributed to underserved communities which the bank supports through its community programmes Goal and the Standard Chartered Karachi United Community Football league.
50 rations will be distributed to Goal coaches and more than 800 rations will be given to the Coaches of Karachi United Football Club. The Bank has donated PKR 2.2Mn which will be used to purchase more than 4500 Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs). These will be used by doctors and Paramedics of Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre.
For more information, contact:
Head of Corporate Communications,
Standard Chartered Bank (Pakistan) Limited
1st Floor, New Jubilee Insurance Building,
I.I. Chundrigarh Road, Karachi, Pakistan