- Farhan Akhtar shared a link where people can donate PPE kits
- ‘Each PPE kit costs Rs. 650’: Farhan Akhtar
- He has promised to thank every contributor personally on social media
New Delhi: The healthcare workers are striving hard to contain the spread of COVID-19 and cure patients by working tirelessly day and night. As the pandemic accelerates, access to personal protective equipment (PPE) for them is a key concern which many experts and healthcare workers themselves have expressed. With an aim to aid them in their fight against coronavirus, actor Farhan Akhtar recently donated 1,000 PPE kits to government hospitals across the country. He has also started a campaign to motivate his followers to contribute towards the cause of protecting healthcare workers.
Sharing a video message on social media, Rock On actor said,
Help our COVID-19 warriors. It is critical that we provide PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) kits to our healthcare workers for their protection in this #WarAgainstCovid19. I am personally donating 1,000 PPE kits and have partnered with TringIndia to raise funds for more PPE kits which are in immediate need across India for our doctors and medical staff. For your contribution, I will send a personal ‘thank you’ video message recognising your generosity. This video will be in permanent memory with you. Some of you will even get to interact with me over a live video chat.
Mr. Akhtar said that each PPE for medical staff costs Rs. 650 and consist of one laminated and waterproof coverall, nitrile gloves which are superior quality gloves when it comes to puncture resistance, goggles, face shields, 3-ply surgical masks, and shoe covers. He said that these PPE kits will be provided to hospitals most in need.
As part of his campaign, anybody who donates 1-50 PPE kits will get a mention on Mr. Akthar’s social media post, those who donate 51- 150 kits will get a thank you video message from him and those who make a generous donation of more than 151 kits will get to interact with him on a live video chat.
Recently, the actor also joined the ‘I For India’- an online concert which was initiated by his sister Zoya Akhtar and filmmaker Karan Johar with an aim to raise funds to help the coronavirus warriors.
According to the International Council of Nurses (ICN), at least 90,000 health-care workers worldwide have been infected with COVID-19. Press Trust of India, a news agency, reported that in the country, 548 doctors, nurses and paramedic staff have caught the infection, according to a report of the central government.