Mobile financial service bKash has handed over 50 ventilators and 6.5 lakh medical supplies donated by China's Alibaba Foundation and Jack Ma Foundation to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund.
It is to be noted that Ant Financial, an affiliate of Chinese giant Alibaba Group, is one of the investors of bKash.
The 6.5 lakh emergency health toolkits includes: 20,000 Covid-19 detection kits; 60,000 KN-95 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.
CEO of bKash Kamal Quadir today handed over the emergency medical supplies and ventilators to Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, principal secretary to the PM at the Prime Minister's Office, bkash said in a press release.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was present during the occasion through video conferencing from Gono bhaban.
The premier expressed her gratitude saying that the medical supplies will be of great help during this emergency.
In order to make Bangladesh's effort to check Covid-19 outbreak more effective in this emergency, Chinese giant Alibaba's founder Jack Ma has taken this initiative to send essential health equipment as a humanitarian aid with the assistance of bKash.
In the context of the urgent need of ventilators for the treatment of patients suffering from severe respiratory complications caused by Covid-19, concerned people have expressed hope that these ventilators provided by Alibaba will accelerate Covid-19 treatment and make it more effective.
"We are delighted that Alibaba Foundation and Jack Ma Foundation have sent these medical supplies for the people of Bangladesh. 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," bKash CEO Kamal Quadir said.
Major General (Retd) Sheikh Md Monirul Islam, chief external and corporate affairs officer of bKash, was also present at the programme.