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Nestlé and PDMA provided relief equipment to KPK authorities

As a part of its commitment to provide COVID-19 relief in KPK, Nestlé Pakistan has made a big donation through PDMA. This has been made in the form of safety equipment and Nestlé products to several facilities like their Health Department and Rescue 1122 emergency service.

Nestlé Pakistan and Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), is continuing to fight the coronavirus from the frontline. Accordingly, Nestlé and PDMA provided relief equipment to KPK’s Health Department and Rescue 1122 emergency service battling the pandemic.

In this endeavor, Nestlé Pakistan followed suit and also donated relief items for Peshawar and Khyber quarantine centres. They contributed up to 30,000 Bunyad 26g, 30000 Water 500ml, 20000 cerelac 25g, 50000 Juices 200ml, 50000 Milk Pack 250ml to PDMA; thereafter, PDMA further distributed the items to Peshawar and Khyber quarantine centres.

PDMA further provided 20000 bottles of mineral water, 30000 Juices 200ml, 30000 Milk Peak 250 ml to Peshawar quarantine centers. Similarly, they also delivered 10000 bottles of mineral water, 20000 Juices 200ml, 20000 Milk pack 250 ml to Khyber quarantine centres.

On the occasion, PDMA Director General Parwaiz Khan thanked Nestlé Pakistan for the generous support. He said, “PDMA is providing safety equipment to all concerned departments including, Health Department, hospitals, departments concerned and district administrations for quarantine centres. This will support them to counter coronavirus in the province”. He added that the PDMA’s Provincial Emergency Operation Centre was active round the clock and can be contacted on toll free number 0800-01700.

This was the second installment where Nestlé and PDMA provided relief equipment to KPK’s medical authorities. Originally, Nestle donated a certificate worth PKR 10 million worth of products to PDMA. This was presented by Waqar Ahmad, Head of Corporate Affairs, Nestle Pakistan, to Chief Minister Punjab, Usman Buzdar.

PDMA’s contribution to KPK’s quarantine centers

Reports say that PDMA delivered substantial equipment to the Health Department. These included 1000 N-95 masks, 13,125 surgical face masks, 13,125 pairs of gloves, 14,885 protective suits and 2940 safety goggles. Additionally, they also distributed 7918 shoe covers, 14875 surgical caps, 25500 shoe cover, 1020 face shield,1020 googles, 8500 small bottles of sanitizer, 6800 bags etc.

Read more: Nestlé Pakistan donates 2 million to Labour & Overseas Manpower

On the other hand, Nestlé and PDMA also provided relief equipment to Rescue 1122. These included 2615 face masks, 180 N95 mask, 2625 protective suits, 30 thermal guns, 1200 bio-hazard bags, 2625 surgical caps, 4500 shoe cover, 180 face shields, 2625 pairs of gloves 800 small bottles of sanitizer and other equipment.

Nestlé Pakistan’s commitment to fight COVID-19

The company has committed a whopping amount of Rs 100 million in its national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the pledge, Nestlé Pakistan will give products and cash donations. These will include 4 million servings of milk, iron-fortified dairy products, baby cereals, water and juices.

CEO Nestlé Pakistan, Samer Chedid further highlighted their efforts. “We will be mobilizing relief to medical facilities (quarantine centers) and food-delivery organizations serving vulnerable families, worth 100 million rupees, in the form of product and cash donations”. This will take place through national and provincial disaster management authorities along with the local governments.

Furthermore, they have also partnered with Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS). PRCS has an unmatched presence and expertise in providing first-aid, emergency response and epidemic control. In order to enable the entity’s efforts the current pandemic, Nestlé has dedicated a fund worth PKR 5 million.

As part of this partnership, Nestlé Pakistan decided to extend support to PRCS; that is, to promote the well-being of all age groups during the pandemic. This fund will help install hand hygiene stations at public places, quarantine and health facilities across Balochistan and KPK. Hence, this fund allowed Nestlé and PDMA to provide relief equipment to the aforementioned medical facilities.

Read more: Nestlé Pakistan pledges to play its role for better water management

Coronavirus in Pakistan today

According to the National Disaster Management Authority, the tally of reported COVID-19 cases in Pakistan has jumped to 61,227, along with a rising death toll of 1260. Namely, 22,037 cases have so far been detected in Punjab, 24,206 in Sindh, 8483 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 3616 in Balochistan, 651 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 2015 in Islamabad Capital Territory and 219 in Azad Kashmir.