KARACHI: For the fight against COVID-19 in Pakistan, Hussain Dawood, Thursday, on behalf of Engro, Dawood Hercules and his family pledged a contribution in services, kind and cash of Rs 1 billion for the short, medium and long-term.

Hussain Dawood said, “We are committed to help solve some of the most pressing issues of our time and it is incumbent upon us to serve our nation best when it needs us most. These are our fundamental values, that continue to be at the core of what we strive to achieve.”

He emphasized, “We must work on several fronts concurrently. The need of the hour is to target on reducing the spread and impact of this virus. Our Group will focus on disease prevention, with a major focus on testing and diagnostics; protecting and enabling healthcare practitioners and other key workers, who are at the frontline of the fight against this pandemic; enabling patient care and facilities; and, bolster livelihoods and sustenance of the most deserving in society.

We welcome the meaningful efforts of the Government and other credible organisations who have stepped up to this challenge and we endeavour to learn from and build on the work that is being done over the long term.”

Hussain Dawood concluded, “It is a fact that the people of Pakistan are resilient, and I pray that they face this crisis with caution and care by heeding to the invaluable advice of healthcare professionals and caring for themselves, their families and their communities. I also acknowledge the government and armed forces’ commitment and the selfless dedication of our fellow citizens such as healthcare workers, law enforcement personnel, NGOs, essential services, city cleaners and countless others, who are risking their lives while toiling against the pandemic.”—PR