Amid a shortage of ICU beds equipped with lifesaving ventilators in most hospitals in Chattogram, Premier Cement provided seven medical ventilators to the recently introduced Covid-19 unit at Chattogram Maa O Shishu Hospital today.
As part of its corporate social responsibility, the local cement maker handed over the ventilators to Chattogram Divisional Commissioner ABM Azad through a programme at Chattogram Circuit House in the morning.
Premier Cement Managing Director Mohammed Amirul Haque told The Daily Star the number of Covid-19 patients is increasing everyday in Chattogram, and the general people are not getting proper treatment for an absence of enough medical facilities.
"During this turbulent time we, the Premier Cement family, are wholeheartedly proud to stand beside the society in tackling the pandemic and to reduce the sufferings of people to an extent," said the entrepreneur, who stressed the need for such initiatives from all affluent sections of the city.
MD Amirul Haque, also the managing director of Seacom Group, earlier handed over his owning City Hall Convention Centre to Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) to turn a 250-bed Covid Isolation Centre having oxygen supply facilities.
Rezaul Karim Azad, treasurer of the hospital, informed that they had started the Corona unit with limited equipment at the beginning of the month. Some capable persons of the society already came up with support and donated a total of 20 ventilators to the hospital so far, he said.
Earlier, Chattogram based S Alam Group, TK Group and some individuals also took such initiatives.