ISLAMABAD: Saudi Aramco subsidiary SABIC Pakistan on Tuesday donated over Rs8 million for the coronavirus fight of two hospitals in Karachi.
Saudi Consul General Bandar Fahad Al-Dayel and SABIC general manager Saleh Ali Al-Zahrani presented Rs4.2 million ($25,000) cheques to Dr. Abdul Bari, CEO of the Indus Hospital, and Dr. Adeeb-ul-Hasan Rizvi, head of the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT).
The two Karachi hospitals are on the forefront of Pakistan’s COVID-19 response.
The donation is part of SABIC’s corporate social responsibility program, the Saudi consulate in Karachi said in a statement.
SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corporation) is a multinational chemical manufacturing company, a subsidiary of the kingdom’s state-run oil company Saudi Aramco.
Last week, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in a phone conversation with his Saudi counterpart, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, detailed the challenges Pakistan is facing due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As of Wednesday, 213,470 known COVID-19 cases were recorded in Pakistan, with over 4,133 new infections reported in the past 24 hours, Health Ministry data showed.
At least 4,395 Pakistanis have died from the virus and 2,700 are in critical condition. Over 100,800 are known to have recovered from the disease.