Samsung has pledged USD 5 million (INR 37 Crores) towards India’s fight against COVID-19 in India. The South Korean giant will be providing donation both in the form of monetary means and will be flying in essential medical equipment required to fight the sudden surge of cases. The donations are expected to boost the efforts of the government and the healthcare sector with essential medical equipment for hospitals, as part of its citizenship initiatives.
Samsung said in a press release that the decision was “taken after due consultations with various stakeholders in India and assessing the immediate needs of local administrations.”
Samsung will be donating USD 3 million to the Centre as well as to the states of Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Samsung will also be airlifting USD 2 million worth of medical supplies that will include 100 oxygen concentrators, 3,000 oxygen cylinders and one million LDS syringes to the two states.
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LDS or Low Dead Space syringes have become essential medical equipment as this particular type of syringe has demonstrated up to 20% greater efficiency. The new syringe technology minimises the amount of drug left after injection.
The South Korean company will also be covering the vaccination costs of over 50,00 employees and beneficiaries in India. The program will also extend to Samsung Experience Consultants, who work at electronics retail stores across the country.
This is not the first time Samsung has contributed to India’s fight against COVID-19. Last year, the company donated INR 20 crore to the Central government and support to the local administration in Noida. The company helped hospitals with medical equipment such as Preventive Masks and Personal Preventive Equipment (PPE) kits as well.
On a separate occasion, Samsung employees also contributed Rs 1 Crore from their salaries last year to help with the cause.
Source: Samsung Newsroom