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HUL donates Covid-19 testing kits worth ₹13 crore

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on June 04, 2020 Published on June 04, 2020

The Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) headquarters in Mumbai

Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) has donated 74,328 Covid-19 testing kits worth ₹13 crore to help ramp up testing of patients in the country. The Maharashtra government has received about 28,800 testing kits to help in the early detection of Covid-19. Others who received the kits include Indian Council of Medical Research (20,160 kits), Metropolis Labs (8088 kits) and Apollo Hospitals (17,280 kits).

Technically called RT-PCR testing kits, it consists of nucleic acid diagnostic kit, sample release reagent, throat swab, PCR tube, and sample storage reagent. The testing kits are approved by international certification bodies such as CE IVD, US-FDA and EU CE, and are also listed in FIND, a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaboration Centre.

Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman and MD, Hindustan Unilever Limited, said, “Sufficient supply of testing kits and other medical equipment will help frontline warriors competently tackle the Covid-19 virus. This will not only allow for free testing in critical regions, but also accelerate the process of testing asymptomatic patients, supplementing Government efforts to flatten the curve and arrest the spread of the pandemic in the country.”

This contribution comes on the back of 29 ventilators worth ₹3 crore that HUL is donating to government hospitals in Maharashtra. Last month, HUL had also donated 5,000 sets of PPEs, 20,000 N95 masks, 2,00,000 gloves, 112 pulse oximeter and 28 oxygen concentrators worth ₹2 crore to the Maharashtra Public Health Department.

Besides Maharashtra and New Delhi which have a high Covid-19 patient count, HUL is also extending product donation and other support across India around its manufacturing locations and offices in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

HUL recently committed ₹100 crore towards helping India fight the Covid-19 pandemic, undertaking various initiatives to ensure safety of people and communities, product sourcing, and business continuity.

Published on June 04, 2020
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