Bashundhara Group to turn its convention centres into 5,000-bed hospital in Dhaka
Bashundhara Group Featured in Khaleej Times
Bashundhara Group was featured in Khaleej Times recently. Khaleej Times, the daily English language newspaper published in Dubai, United Arab Emirates has published a article regarding humanitarian cause of Bashudhara Group.
They have published that- Bashundhara Group, the largest diversified industrial con-glomerate in Bangladesh, will convert its four convention cen-tres at the International Conven-tion City in Dhaka into a cluster of 5,000-bed hospital to help combat the Covid-19 crisis.
Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, chair-man of Bashundhara Group, said: "With the global outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, it is impor-tant for the private sector to join hands with the government and intensify efforts to overcome the crisis. We are offering all our fa-cilities and resources at our dis-posal at the International Con-vention City to create makeshift hospitals to test and treat patients so that this could be contained."
So far, Bangladesh has showed tremendous success in fighting the virus with minimum infection rate and casualty. However, it is impor-tant to scale up capacity so that the country remains better prepared for the rise in infection rate."
He added: "Despite our best hopes and efforts, the crisis might not subside in a matter of days or weeks. Unless we prepare ourselves Sayem Sobhan Anvir, MD of Bashundhara Group and guard our country, this virus might penetrate in some form or shape in our country unless it is completely eliminated from every nook and corner of the world. This might be a very difficult task and might take more than months."
Bashundhara Group, which has business operations in the Gulf region, has also donated 100 million taka (Dh43 million) to the Bangladesh government to fight the deadly virus outbreak, which has caused five deaths so far. Bashundhara Group managing director Sayem Sobhan Anvir handed over the cheque of 100 million taka to Dr Ahmed Kaikaus, principal secretary to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
According to Anvir, "This is just a token of our support to the ef-forts of Bangladesh Government in combatting the crisis and we want to widen our scope of part-nership in this fight by opening up all our resources to set up a 5,000-bed hospital that will play a crucial role in saving valuable lives.
"As a private sector business group, we are proud to support our people and I take this opportunity to congratulate the government and the people of Bangladesh for a very low infection rate so far. How-ever, with coronavirus, one can't predict how things might turn in the coming weeks and months. It is important to be prepared and be ready, than be sorry."