India (ASI) on Thursday said it has raised Rs one crore
towards purchase of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for
healthcare workers and the PM CARES fund.
ASI president P Raghu Ram said various state chapters
of the Associationandsome its Sections, including
Association of Breast Surgeons of India, Association of Colon
and Rectal Surgeons of India and Indian Association of
Endocrine Surgeons (which are part of the parent body - ASI)
have togethercontributedRs 77 lakh to the Central ASI fund.
The fund is being utilised solely towards bulk
purchase of PPEs.
The ASI has placed the order to procure the PPEs from
a Central government-approved, Bengaluru-based manufacturer
with an established track record, he said in a release.
Within 10 days, the PPE sets would be delivered to the
representatives of ASI in every state, which in turn will
be"hand delivered" to those healthcare workers in the
frontline, that need them the most, Raghu Ram said.
The Delhi Chapter of ASIhas in the past three days
spentRs 20 lakh -Rs18.5 lakh towardsprocuring PPE and Rs
1.5 lakh towards the much-needed N 95 masks which are
desperately needed for clinicians and healthcare workers
working in ICUs treating COVID-19 positive patients.
The Rs 20 lakh expenditure is part of the Rs 93 lakh
raised, the release said.
Further, the Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of
India (AMASI), which is a Section of Association of Surgeons
of India, has contributed a generous sum ofRs 20 lakh to PM
CARES fund, it said.
In addition tohis personal contribution of Rs two
lakhand a few other members, the total contribution to PM
CARES fund from Surgeons in ASI is Rs 23 lakhs, he added.
Raghu Ram also said he has been featured in three
social media clipsmade byUNICEF in partnership with the
Central Government to createawareness and spread hope in
the fight against COVID-19.PTI SJR SS