With an aim to make the Covid-19 treatment more effective and enhance the capacity of hospitals, bKash, the country's largest mobile financial service provider, has donated 14 high-flow oxygen ventilators to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and Dhaka Shishu (Children) Hospital.
It also installed an oxygen plant at the Diabetic Hospital (BIHS General Hospital), an associate organisation of BIRDEM, said a media statement on Wednesday.
Professor Dr Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam, director general of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and Brigadier General AKM Nasir Uddin, director of Dhaka Medical College received the ventilators on behalf of the organisation.
On the other hand, Professor Dr Mohammod Shahidullah, chairman, management board and Professor Dr Syed Shafi Ahmed Muaz, director of Dhaka Shishu Hospital received the ventilators on behalf of their organisation.
Professor Dr AK Azad Khan, president of Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (BADAS), inaugurated the oxygen plant set up by bKash at the Diabetic Hospital.
Kamal Quadir, chief executive officer of bkash and Major General Sheikh Md Monirul Islam (retd), its chief external and corporate affairs officer handed over the ventilators to Dhaka Medical College Hospital and Dhaka Shishu Hospital and were also present at the inauguration of oxygen plant at the Diabetic Hospital.
Prior to this, bKash handed over 50 ventilators and around 650,000 emergency health toolkits donated by Alibaba Foundation and Jack Ma Foundation to Prime Minister's Relief Fund in order to help people during the pandemic.
BKash also provided food aid to 5,000 families under the supervision of Sena Kalyan Sangstha (SKS).
Meanwhile, the organisation also helped in the construction of Bidyanondo Foundation's hospital.