To cater to our national labour during the COVID-19 crisis, Nestlé Pakistan has donated Rs 2 million worth of products. This was received by Provincial Minister for Labour & Overseas Manpower, Ansar Majeed Niazi, as a certificate from Waqar Ahmad, Head of Corporate Affairs, Nestlé Pakistan. Tanveer Iqbal, Punjab Employees Social Security Institution (PESSI) Commissioner, was also present on the occasion.
This initiative stems from Nestlé Pakistan’s earlier commitment of Rs 100 million worth of nutritious products in the national response to COVID-19 pandemic.
Similarly, NESTLÉ MILKPAK also pledged to donate half a million glasses of milk throughout the country. Several dairy industry partners have made it possible for NESTLÉ MILKPAK to donate so substantially. These include, Tetra Pak Pakistan, Bulleh Shah Packaging Pvt Ltd, Interloop Ltd & Interloop Holdings, Sheikh Noor-Ud-Din & Sons Pvt Ltd and Texo Poly Industries Pvt Ltd.
Nestlé Pakistan supports vulnerable communities with 100 million rupees in our response to meet the nutritional needs of both affectees and frontline workers. Read more: https://t.co/3tQy0FsBsw #NestleCares pic.twitter.com/VMFCTo5NY5
— Nestlé Pakistan (@nestlepakistan) April 2, 2020
Coronavirus in Pakistan today
According to the National Disaster Management Authority, the tally of reported COVID-19 cases in Pakistan has jumped to 50,694, along with a rising death toll of 1067. Namely, 18,455 cases have so far been detected in Punjab, 19,924 in Sindh, 7,155 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 3074 in Balochistan, 602 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 1326 in Islamabad Capital Territory and 158 in Azad Kashmir.
In the last twenty-four hours, 50 deaths and 2603 new cases have been reported. Reports say that 15,201 patients have recovered so far, whereas, the death toll stands at 1067. Over 600 hospitals are working to treat the victims of the pandemic with thousands of patients admitted across the country.
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, Nestle Pakistan will give products and cash donations. These will include 4 million servings of milk, iron-fortified dairy products, baby cereals, water and juices.
Global Chairman #SAF Shahid Afridi is proud to announce our partner in #SAF #DonateKaroNa Ration Drive, @nestlepakistan contributed towards our efforts in providing supplies to those who need it the most. Ensuring #HopeNotOut for all during #Covid19 #Quarantine pic.twitter.com/rcaKUld0zj
— Shahid Afridi Foundation (@SAFoundationN) May 21, 2020
CEO Nestle 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 this entity to play its part in the current pandemic, Nestlé has dedicated a fund worth PKR 5 million.
As part of this partnership, Nestlé Pakistan will extend support to PRCS for promoting the well-being of all age groups during the pandemic. This fund is will help install hand hygiene stations at public places, along with quarantine and health facilities across Balochistan and KPK.
Waqar Ahmad, Head of Corporate Affairs Nestlé Pakistan, said, “With our partnership with Pakistan Red Crescent Society, we will be able to provide equitable access to public hand hygiene stations along with, raising awareness about personal hygiene by distributing hygiene kits to vulnerable communities of Pakistan. This partnership is part of Nestlé Pakistan’s commitment to playing a key role in the national response to this pandemic”.
Nestlé Pakistan is working tirelessly to ensure the provision of food and beverage products to consumers across Pakistan. They are following the strategic roadmap laid out by Prime Minister Imran Khan and respective provincial leaderships. In fact, the multinational giant has also joined hands with reputable NGOs to work across the country on different issues including recently a plastic cleanup drive in Hunza. Through this, they will cater to COVID-19 emergency appeals for deserving people across Pakistan.