Mobile financial service provider bKash yesterday handed over 6.5 lakh emergency health toolkits, including 50 ventilators, donated by China's Alibaba Foundation and Jack Ma Foundation to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund.
The list also includes 20,000 Covid-19 detection kits, 60,000 KN95 masks, 300,000 face masks, 200,000 inspection gloves, 15,000 face shields, 15,000 protective clothing, 80 electronic laser thermometers, 20,000 nucleic acid isolations and 20,000 sample preservation solutions.
The kits were sent as humanitarian aid with the assistance of bKash, which has Alibaba Group's affiliate Ant Financial as one of the investors.
Alibaba Founder Jack Ma took the initiative in order to strengthen the medical system and corona prevention activities of Bangladesh, according to a statement of bKash.
Kamal Quadir, CEO of bKash, handed over the medical supplies to Ahmad Kaikaus, principal secretary to the prime minister at the Prime Minister's Office in Dhaka.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was present through video conferencing from Gana Bhaban.
These medical supplies will be of great help during this emergency situation, the premier said.
"We are delighted that Alibaba Foundation and Jack Ma Foundation have sent these medical supplies for the people of Bangladesh," Quadir said.
"Jack Ma and his organisations are not only participating in Bangladesh's economic activities through investments, but are also concerned about the well-being of the people. Hence, they have sent this medical aid during this emergency."
Alibaba came up with the ventilators when the country has been struggling due to a lack of such facilities in efforts to save the lives of the patients with severe respiratory infections caused by Covid-19, experts said.
Major General Sheikh Md Monirul Islam (Retd.), chief external and corporate affairs officer of bKash, was also present.