Multinational companies join in battle against coronavirus with donations of desperately needed equipment
Multinational companies are helping in the battle against the coronavirus by donating much-needed equipment to the most affected areas in China.
Siemens Healthineers China donated 15 million yuan (US$2.14 million) worth of medical equipment, including computed tomography (CT) and mobile digital radiography (DR), critical to diagnosing pneumonia caused by the virus.
To ensure safe delivery and timely installation, Siemens engineers will help deliver and install the equipment in Wuhan, epicenter of the epidemic. In addition, Siemens’ power-distribution equipment is supporting the power supply of Leishenshan Hospital, Wuhan’s second makeshift hospital currently under construction that will care for infected patients.The company is also encouraging its employees to make voluntary donations.
“At this critical moment, Siemens stands firmly behind all efforts to overcome the impact of the coronavirus,” said Lothar Herrmann, president and chief executive officer of Siemens China. “We see this not only as a battle for China, but also the entire international community. We are prepared to provide further assistance necessary to support the fight against the virus.”
Honeywell donated US$1 million worth of equipment to support hospitals in Wuhan, including air- and water-purification systems, ICU air-management solutions, scanning and mobile-printing equipment and children’s masks.
Since the viral outbreak, the company has coordinated resources and supplied 20 million masks. It has committed all available manufacturing capacity to help ensure adequate supplies to frontline medical workers in the most-affected areas.
“We are making every effort to ensure the supply of protective equipment to those who need it most,” said Scott Zhang, president of Honeywell China.