September, 28, 2020
CEAT Kelani Holdings has made a series of donations of equipment and consumables essential to the continuing battle against the spread of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka, supporting key state institutions to sustain their efforts even as the country manages its return to relative normality.
Donations exceeding Rs 10 million in value were presented by Sri Lanka’s leading tyre manufacturer to six institutions – the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Ministry of Health, Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital and its Postgraduate Medical Training Centre, Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, Badulla General Hospital and the Sri Lanka Police.
The items donated included a transport ventilator, two infusion pumps, a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, two suction apparatus units, a bed pan washer, reusable as well as disposable Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), reusable Personal Protection Overalls, Face Shields, PCR Test Kits, RNA Extraction Kits, and Viral Transport Media.
The Company also assisted the National Institute of Infectious Diseases with a new air conditioner unit, a new ceiling and electrical repair work, and donated packs of rations to the Police.
In a separate donation, CEAT Kelani recently contributed Rs 2 million towards the cost of construction of a new 106-bed Army Hospital at Pallakele in Kandy.
“We deeply appreciate the tremendous sacrifices and unwavering dedication of the people on the frontlines of the battle against the pandemic, and are happy to contribute in whatever way possible to support them,” CEAT Kelani Holdings Managing Director Mr Ravi Dadlani said. “We are also supporting the effort to conserve foreign exchange by substantially increasing production while controlling costs.”
On 1st June 2020 CEAT Kelani launched a multi-pronged effort to improve safety and hygiene facilities for commuters as well as bus crews, support lorry crews with personal safety kits and sanitisation of lorries serving key market locations, and to help sustain workers at tyre dealerships around the country.
Among the projects undertaken was the fitting of hand sanitiser units on 350 buses operating in the Colombo District for the use of passengers as they board. CEAT also undertook to supply hand sanitiser liquid for these buses for three months and to supply three months’ requirement of personal safety kits for bus drivers and conductors. Each kit comprises of six face masks, six pairs of gloves and personal hand sanitiser units.
Photo caption: Some of the donations made by CEAT to state institutions involved in the battle against the spread of COVID-19