Dettol maker Reckitt Benckiser has announced its plans to donate RMB 50 million (€6.5 million) in cash & antibacterial products to combat the Coronavirus outbreak in China.
The global antibacterial and disinfectant brand owner said the at the early stages of the outbreak, the group immediately coordinated RMB 600,000 worth of soap and sanitizer products to help meet the cleaning and disinfection requirements in Wuhan’s hospitals.
'In response to the latest needs of the epidemic prevention, Reckitt Benckiser is now in contact with local healthcare authorities to upgrade our support,' it added.
Commenting on the outbreak, Laxman Narasimhan, CEO, Reckitt Benckiser said: “We immediately mobilised our experts in China and beyond as soon as the outbreak was identified."
"In addition to the moral responsibility we feel, we also have an important functional role to play in enhancing personal disinfection through providing enhanced access to products which can break the chain of infection," he added.
"Simple steps such as frequent hand washing will aid the many efforts the Chinese government is already putting in place to protect citizens across the region.”
The group highlighted that an additional RMB 20,000,000 worth of disinfectant supplies has been arranged to help to minimise the further spread of the virus.
It said that a further RMB 30 million in cash will be donated to support frontline health workers in the promoting of hand washing as an effective method to break the chain of infection.
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