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Thailand and Germany join hands to provide alcohol gel to healthcare workers during the COVID-19 crisis


20 May 2021 / Bangkok – Dr. Kittinan Anakamanee MD., CEO of the Healthcare Accreditation Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) – HAI, together with Mr. Sayan Roy, Managing Director of B. Braun (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and Mr. Reinhold Elges, Country Director of GIZ Thailand and Malaysia recently handed over 6,720 bottles of alcohol-based hand sanitizer to healthcare workers at the Thammasat University Hospital.

This activity is implemented as part of the COVID-19 DPP Measure: Upscaling Sanitizing Production in Thailand and Promoting Hand Hygiene project. Thammasat University Hospital director Paruhas Tor-Udom was on hand to receive the hand sanitizers.

The donation of hand sanitizer aims to support the work of the healthcare and public health personnel in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and to reduce the risk of spreading the virus in hospitals. It is also meant to show moral support and gratitude to the healthcare and public health personnel as well as all relevant departments for their dedication in working for the people to get Thailand through this crisis as quickly as possible.

“The new wave of COVID-19 is hitting us harder than the first wave. The number of COVID-19 infections has risen significantly. Healthcare workers have been working hard combatting the coronavirus outbreak on the frontline and that puts them at the highest risk. We are therefore delighted to join forces with GIZ and B. Braun (Thailand) Co., Ltd to provide high-quality alcohol-based hand sanitizer to 62 hospitals and healthcare facilities in COVID-19 red zones across Thailand. In addition, HAI has jointly designed e-leaning on proper hand cleaning and the use of personal protective equipment, or PPE, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of patients and healthcare workers including village health volunteers,” said Dr. Kittinan Anakamanee MD., CEO of the Healthcare Accreditation Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) – HAI.

Thailand and Germany join hands to provide alcohol gel to healthcare workers during the COVID-19 crisis

Mr. Sayan Roy, Managing Director of B. Braun (Thailand) Co., Ltd. said: “With the pandemic continuing, we at B Braun (Thailand) Co., Ltd. are supporting the communities and the healthcare workers by providing them with our quality product, SOFTA-GEL alcohol hand rub, which has been tested according to global testing standards, namely EN14476 efficacy against developed viruses, which include Coronavirus, EN1500 recommended by World Health Organization (WHO) and EN1276 in line with the recommendation of the Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health. With support from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), B. Braun (Thailand) Co., Ltd has been able to increase production capacity of alcohol hand sanitizer so as to have enough to meet the needs of the Thai people”.

Dr. Paruhas Tor-Udom, Director of the Thammasat University Hospital said, “Today, I would like to thank HAI, B. Braun and GIZ for donating SOFTA-GEL hand sanitizer to the Thammasat University Hospital.  In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, good hygiene is essential. Knowledge about health care and proper use of alcohol gel is also important for healthcare workers, patients and everyone in general. This donation will help increase the amount of alcohol gel for hospital use since we have more than 4,000 healthcare workers and patients per day. This will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the hospital.”

The project, which is being implemented through the cooperation between HAI, B Braun (Thailand) Co., Ltd., and GIZ also supports the fight against COVID-19 among Thais by encouraging them to regularly wash their hands properly, avoid crowded places and gathering, and wear a mask every time they leave the house. This is because hygiene care is very important and can help reduce the spread of the virus and infection.

Thailand and Germany join hands to provide alcohol gel to healthcare workers during the COVID-19 crisis

Published : May 20, 2021

By : The Nation