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bKash hands over ventilators, medical supplies from Alibaba, Jack Ma to PM's Relief Fund

The medical supplies include detection kits, electronic laser thermometers, masks, protective clothing, face shields, gloves and others

Update : 04 Jun 2020, 06:09 PM

bKash on Thursday handed over 50 ventilators and 0.65 million emergency health toolkits donated by China’s Alibaba Foundation and Jack Ma Foundation to the Prime Minister’s Relief and Welfare Fund.

The medical supplies include detection kits, electronic laser thermometers, masks, protective clothing, face shields, gloves and others, says a press release.

Kamal Quadir, CEO of bKash handed over the emergency medical supplies to Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, principal secretary to the Prime Minister's Office at the PMO in the capital.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was present through video conferencing from Ganobhaban, the release added.

Prime Minister Hasina expressed her gratification, saying that these medical supplies will be of great help during this emergency.

Major General Sheikh Md Monirul Islam (Retd), chief external and corporate affairs officer of bKash was also present at the program.

In order to make the medical system and corona prevention activities of Bangladesh more effective in this emergency, Alibaba’s founder Jack Ma took this initiative to send essential health equipment as a humanitarian aid with the assistance of bKash.

Besides 50 ventilators, the list 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.

Kamal Quadir, CEO of bKash said, “We are delighted that Alibaba Foundation and Jack Ma Foundation have sent these medical supplies for the people of Bangladesh. Jack Ma and his organizations are not only participating in Bangladesh's economic activities through investments, but are also concerned about the well-being of the people.”

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