Citi Vietnam contributed an estimated amount of VND1.14 billion (nearly $50,000) in the form of medical equipment to Thong Nhat Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City to facilitate the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Citi Vietnam donated 14 ICU beds to Thong Nhat Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City |
The equipment comprised of 14 intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which offer critical care to patients who require close and constant monitoring.
"The ongoing COVID-19 wave is challenging and there is a critical need to establish ICUs at hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City to improve the treatment of patients and save lives. As one of the long-standing US-headquartered banks operating in Vietnam for decades, we are pleased that our contribution of 14 ICU beds will help Thong Nhat hospital increase its capacity to be able to effectively treat patients who are battling the virus," said Ramachandran A.S, Vietnam Citi country officer designate.
In August, the Tan Binh COVID-19 Treatment Field Hospital managed by Thong Nhat Hospital opened in Ho Chi Minh City. It was the first field hospital in the city to provide treatment to COVID-19 patients regardless of whether they had mild, moderate, or serious symptoms. Equipped with 1,000 beds, the field hospital arranged 50 beds for ICU use and 150 beds for patients in critical care. Thong Nhat Hospital is also the first medical facility to establish a recovery department for post-covid patients.
“The timely support from Citi is critical and meaningful to us. Thong Nhat Hospital is not only responsible for the treatment of COVID-19 cases but also for patients of other diseases. The ICU beds sponsored by Citi is very helpful in providing better health services to the people in Ho Chi Minh City,” said Le Dinh Thanh, director of Thong Nhat Hospital.
Since the pandemic hit last year, Citi has continued to join in the fight against the virus. The “Emergency support for COVID-19 disease prevention” project in Vietnam, with a total budget of $100,000, provided personal protection and epidemic prevention equipment to 40 commune health stations across 10 suburban districts around Hanoi.
In 2021, more than 800 Citi employees joined Global Community Day activities in Vietnam focusing on Acts of Kindness, Virtual and Digital Volunteering to address an issue that is a direct result of COVID-19: food insecurity.
“Citi will continue to build on our strong foundation of making a positive impact for our communities, furthering our mission of enabling growth and economic progress,” added Ramachandran A.S.
Besides, Citi Vietnam also strengthens its commitment to roll out more digital-first services to clients, as the US bank cements its leadership in digitalisation and innovation in Vietnam.
Earlier this month, Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions Asia-Pacific introduced a new service for institutional clients in the region to speed up cross-border payments.