The COVID-19 pandemic has taken over the world without easy windows to escape. In light of this dilemma, JS Bank and its partners offered Rs. 10 Million to the Aga Khan Health Service, Pakistan. Similarly, the group also donated Rs. 7.35 Million to Indus Hospital for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
JS and its partners made this contribution on the 28th of April, from their joint fund. The fund contains Rs 110 Million and is dedicated to counter the impact of COVID-19 in Pakistan. It carries the purpose of addressing the immediate and long-term challenges of the contagion.
Furthermore, this joint fund will focus on three aspects. Firstly, it will provide immediate relief through provision of rations worth Rs 30 million to food-insecure families. Secondly, it aims to fasten the current pandemic control; this will be done through the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and monetary donations worth Rs 50 million. Medical facilities and other frontline institutions, including NGOs, can benefit from this tier of the fund. The third aspect covers mitigating the long-term health impact of the virus. Hence, this phase focuses on finding a long-term solution for containing COVID-19.
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Reports say that this support package will go towards virus testing, medical services to affected individuals and procurement of Personal Protective Equipment kits. Accordingly, the new contributions, made by JS Bank and its partners, will focus on the second and third aspect of the fund.
JS Bank, Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation and Partners step forward to donate Rs. 10 million to Aga Khan Health Services, Pakistan to fight Corona. #JSBank #BarhnaHaiAagey #JSBankFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/ua0fW7PFOH
— JS Bank (@JSBLPak) April 28, 2020
Comments on the occasion
Upon extending the contribution, President and CEO, JS Bank Limited, Basir Shamsie shared his views. ‘As a responsible national company, JS Bank is committed to supporting the leaders in the fight against COVID-19. Aga Khan Health Service, Pakistan has been at the forefront of this effort across Pakistan and we thank the entire medical fraternity for their efforts and sacrifices on behalf of the people of Pakistan.’
Abdul Karim Ajanee, Chairman, Aga Khan Health Service, Pakistan acknowledged the support. He said, ‘Fighting COVID-19 requires a collective and sustained effort. AKHS is partnering with corporates, government, and civil society institutions to provide access to quality health care, particularly in vulnerable and remote communities. The support extended by JS Bank and its partners will help our efforts to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.’
JS Bank applauds the efforts of our staff, who continue to work to provide you with uninterrupted and safe banking services.#JSBankFightsCorona #BankWithEase #JSBank #JSCares #BarhnaHaiAagey pic.twitter.com/yLePJwT6sJ
— JS Bank (@JSBLPak) April 27, 2020
Basir Shamsie, President & CEO, JS Bank believes in giving back to society in times of need. He said, “This is a global pandemic and as a responsible corporate entity, it is our duty to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Pakistan in this hour of need. We are thankful to the Government of Pakistan, the medical fraternity and all other parties who are playing a critical role in combating this disease. We would also call upon other organizations to come forward and play their role in combating this disease”.
JS Bank and its partners have committed to being a catalyst in the progress and prosperity of our nation. Staying true to this commitment, JS hopes to increase their impact in supporting Pakistan’s cause during these trying times.