Samsung has pledged $5 million or around Rs.37 crore as its contribution towards India’s fight against the current surge of Covid-19 cases in the country. The South Korean tech giant will provide donations to central and state governments to boost the healthcare sector with essential medical equipment for hospitals, as part of its citizenship initiatives, as per an IANS report.
The decisions have been taken after due consultations with various stakeholders in India and assessing the immediate needs of local administrations, Samsung said in a statement. The company will donate $3 million to the Centre as well as to the states Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
Samsung will provide $2 million worth of medical supplies, including 100 oxygen concentrators, 3,000 oxygen cylinders, and one million Low Dead Space (LDS) syringes to Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. LDS or ‘Low Dead Space’ syringes minimize the amount of drug left in the device after injection, optimizing vaccine usage, the company said.
In a press statement, Samsung explains that the LDS syringes minimize the amount of drug left in the device after injection, optimizing vaccine usage. The technology has demonstrated up to 20 percent greater efficiency and if existing syringes were to deliver one million doses, LDS syringes could deliver 1.2 million doses with the same amount of vaccine.
Additionally, as part of its people initiative, Samsung will cover the vaccination costs for over 50,000 eligible employees and beneficiaries in India to safeguard their lives as vaccine doses become available.
In April last year, Samsung had contributed Rs.20 crore to India’s fight against the pandemic. This included a donation to the Central government and support to the local administration in Noida, where the company had provided hospitals with medical equipment required in the preventive drive against the pandemic such as thousands of preventive masks and personal preventive equipment (PPE) kits.