06/07/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/07/2021 01:25
More than 16 government hospitals and Medical Officers of Health (MOH) offices around the country have received medical equipment and personal protective gear to date under an initiative implemented by the Commercial Bank of Ceylon in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The donations made by the Bank's CSR Trust to ensure the safety of caregivers, enhance the quality of healthcare experienced by patients, and help curb the spread of the virus include Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits, KN95 face masks, surgical masks, hand sanitizers, Slit lamps, pulse oximeters, multipara monitors and oxygen concentrators.
The beneficiary hospitals include the District Base Hospitals in Tissamaharama, Homagama, and Teldeniya, General Hospitals in Kandy and Kegalle, the Teaching Hospital in Peradeniya, National Hospital of Sri Lanka in Colombo, the Lady Ridgeway Children's Hospital in Colombo, the MOH offices in Matale and Puttalam, and the Sri Lanka College of Internal Medicine.
The Bank's ongoing healthcare projects under this programme include the donation of office equipment to the MOH office in Karachchi, Kilinochchi; a Haemodialysis Machine to the Nephrology Unit of the District General Hospital in Moneragala; an electrocardiography (ECG) machine to the Divisional Hospital in Palaly and medical equipment to the Base Hospital in Kayts.
Commenting on the Bank's latest initiative relating to the healthcare sector, Commercial Bank Managing Director Mr S. Renganathan said: 'We remain steadfast in our commitment to support the country and especially the healthcare sector in these unprecedented times. We consider it a duty to play an active role in helping the people and institutions at the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19. The Bank will continue to identify and assist the most needy hospitals as part of this programme.'
Besides these donations to enhance medical services offered in the country during the pandemic, Commercial Bank donated Rs 10 million to the National COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund set up by the government of Sri Lanka last year. A committed supporter of healthcare sector of the country, the Bank donated critical care equipment to six hospitals in 2019 alone and has to date played a key role in providing infrastructure and critical care equipment to over 50 state-owned children's and maternity hospitals.
Sri Lanka's first wholly carbon neutral bank, the first Sri Lankan bank to be listed among the Top 1,000 Banks of the World and the only Sri Lankan bank to be so listed for 10 years consecutively, Commercial Bank operates a network of 268 branches and 932 automated machines in Sri Lanka. The Bank's overseas operations encompass Bangladesh, where the Bank operates 19 outlets; Myanmar, where it has a Microfinance company in Nay Pyi Taw; and the Maldives, where the Bank has a fully-fledged Tier I Bank with a majority stake.
Some of the donations made by Commercial Bank to medical institutions.