Credit Suisse has pledged 4.5 crore rupees (approx. US$590,000) to support government and community efforts to address urgent healthcare needs arising from the COVID-19 outbreak in Maharashtra.
With the support of the CSR of Credit Suisse, United Way Mumbai will purchase 36 ventilators and 11,500 personal protective equipment (PPE) kits including surgical masks, gowns, goggles, shoe covers, gloves and hand sanitizers for frontline medical staff at the Kasturba, Bhabha Kurla, Rajawadi, HBT Jogeshwari, Gokuldas Tejpal, IIT Bombay and St George hospitals in Mumbai. Over 1,200 healthcare workers and 225,000 patients are expected to benefit.
Through Concern India Foundation, Credit Suisse will procure similar items, as well as other critical medical equipment including ECG and portable x-ray machines, for the Intensive Care Units of the government-owned Sasoon and Sardar Vallabhai Patel Cantonment Hospitals in Pune, which have a combined capacity of 2,500 patients and employ around 3,000 health workers in total.
Additionally, Credit Suisse India employees will contribute to providing food and personal care kits to communities of daily wage earners and their families who have been among the worst affected by the economic disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak. With each kit, a family of four will have approximately one month’s worth of meals.
Mickey Doshi, CEO India, Credit Suisse, said, “In these trying times, it is important that we come together to support our wider communities. Credit Suisse is privileged to support our local medical teams who have been working tirelessly to provide lifesaving treatment, and ensure they can continue to do so while safeguarding their own health.”
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