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Nestlé Pakistan steps up response to COVID-19 pandemic

In its bid to strengthen Pakistan's response to the COVID-19 epidemic, Nestle is partnering with Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS). This collaboration Partnership will focus on public hygiene amongst vulnerable communities in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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Nestlé Pakistan, the world’s largest food and beverage company, is committed to helping Pakistan bludgeon the current coronavirus crisis. In light of this dedication, they have partnered with Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS); which has an unmatched presence and expertise in providing first-aid, emergency response and epidemic control.

Nestlé will play their role by contributing PKR 5 million to a dedicated fund. This fund is will help install hand hygiene stations at public places, along with quarantine and health facilities across Balochistan and KPK.

As part of this partnership, Nestlé Pakistan will extend support to PRCS for promoting the well-being of all age groups during the pandemic. However, the collaborators are taking a special interest in the vulnerable communities of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK). Therefore, improving their handwashing practice is now top-priority to prevent transmission of COVID-19. Moreover, efforts will also be made to improve access and utilization of hygiene aids to vulnerable communities.

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”.

Khalid Bin Majeed, Secretary-General PRCS, while sharing his views said, “Nestlé Pakistan’s support to Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) for its anti-corona initiatives worth its weight in gold. The PRCS is hugely indebted to Nestlé Pakistan for the contribution and believes it will go a long way towards successfully achieving the desired objectives and help the communities against the pandemic.”

Nestlé Pakistan’s efforts to curb the COVID-19 crisis

Earlier, Nestlé Pakistan extended PKR 100 million to aid the national response against the COVID-19 epidemic. This donation helped meet the nutritional needs of both, the affected patients and the frontline workers in Pakistan. As part of the pledge, Nestlé Pakistan is contributing through its products that include 4 million servings of milk, iron-fortified dairy products, baby cereals, water and juices.

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. Through this, they will cater to COVID-19 emergency appeals for deserving people across Pakistan.

Read more: JS Bank extends Rs. 110 Million for Immediate COVID-19 Response

Coronavirus in Pakistan today

The tally of reported COVID-19 cases in Pakistan has jumped to 8,418, along with a rising death toll of 176. According to National Command and Operation Center, 3721 cases have so far been detected in Punjab, 2537 in Sindh, 1235 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 432 in Balochistan, 263 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 181 in Islamabad Capital Territory and 49 in Azad Kashmir.

The Center states that 1970 patients have recovered so far, whereas, the death toll stands at 176. In the last 24 hours alone, they confirmed 425 new cases along with 17 new deaths. Around 590 hospitals are working for treating the victims of the pandemic with 2,216 patients admitted across the country.

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