By The Nation
The masks were handed over by a Gulf delegation featuring, from far left, Yanisa Wattanakumnuan, vice president of community relations; Boonchai Thirati, executive director; and Sitamon Ratanavadi, corporate social responsibility assistant. On hand to receive the masks, from fourth left, were Gen Suradet Jaruchinda (MD) and Maj-Gen Ruttavitch Vuttipadhpibul (MD), special expert and expert, respectively, at the Permanent Secretary for Defence’s Office and Phramongkutklao Hospital Foundation Committee; and Col Roongkhajee U-thaimongkol, director of Phramongkutklao Hospital Foundation.
“Gulf Group does its best in its duty to generate electricity, which is a basic public utility for the country and necessary for medical workers to be able to do their job,” said Gulf executive director Boonchai.
“[Gulf] recognises that these frontline workers are working to the best of their ability to treat patients and successfully keep the situation under control,” he added.
“Therefore, donating these medical masks is providing another essential piece of equipment to medical workers to protect and prevent the transmission of contagious respiratory diseases, which include more than just Covid-19. Following from Gulf Group’s donation of 100,000 masks to Chulalongkorn Hospital last week, of which 50,000 masks went to Chulalongkorn Hospital workers and the remaining 50,000 were handed to other hospitals, today Gulf and Chulalongkorn Hospital are donating 6,000 masks to Phramongkutklao Hospital to support efforts to control the disease in the long term.”
Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Gulf Group has spent Bt50 million to support or launch anti-virus projects, including supporting the procurement of medical equipment for the Faculty of Medicine at Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Rajavithi Hospital, Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute, the Central Chest Institute of Thailand, the Police General Hospital and Buddhachinaraj Hospital; providing alcohol sanitising gel to small hospitals in Pattani and Yala; and donating cloth face masks to sub-district health screening teams in 10 provinces. In addition, Gulf Group has pledged to provide over 150,000 meals to poor urban communities across Bangkok and has partnered with EGAT to provide survival kits for people in Nonthaburi province. Gulf’s aid initiatives have also extended to Thai elephants suffering during the pandemic through donations to the Aob Chang project. Gulf Group said it remains committed to supporting national efforts to alleviate the effects of Covid-19 in Thailand.