Since mid-April 2021, Sri Lanka has been battling a third, more virulent phase of the coronavirus outbreak. Compared to the initial 02 waves, the current wave has been observed to be more fast spreading and detrimental, with the country accounting for daily COVID-19 totals ranging between 1,000-3,000 for the first time since the onset of the pandemic. At present, the COVID -19 count has escalated to nearly 150,000 with more than 1,050 deaths being recorded.
As during the first 2 waves of the pandemic, private sector entities have continued to support the state’s efforts in combatting the pandemic and HSBC Bank has been an exemplary ambassador in this regard, fulfilling corporate social responsibility in times of need. In the present context, A-PAD enlisted HSBC assistance in catering to health sector needs, as a measure of fulfilling the request of the Government, and as in previous occasions, the Bank showed no hesitation coming forward.
As such, through strengthened partnerships, the joint effort was able to provide medical essentials worth 8 Million LKR including ventilators and oxygen machines to the health sector, a timely intervention, in support of their unending commitment to save more lives. The highlight of the initiative was observed when the occasion was graced by Hon. Dr. (Mrs.) Sudarshani Fernandopulle, State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control, to whom the medical essentials were presented.
In coordinating this effort, A-PAD is especially grateful to Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe, Director General, Disaster Management Centre (DMC) while we also thank HSBC Sri Lanka for rising to the occasion in times of emergencies.