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AB InBev extends support for India’s fight against COVID-19 with oxygen concentrators

Kolkata, May 18 (UNI) Bolstering its support to communities, Anheuser Busch InBev extends
support to improve health infrastructure and provide essential aid across states in the country
as they battle Covid-19.
AB InBev, the world’s leading brewer is equipping state governments with more than 300
oxygen concentrators, 8000+ essential aid kits to Covid-19 affected families, over 5,00,000
masks, 5000+ test kits in 50 villages across the country and a Covid hospital bed set up in
Bengaluru, a company official here on Tuesday said.
“As India grapples with the second wave of Covid-19, we stand in solidarity with the country
and pledge our full support to communities and the government. The health and safety of our communities and colleagues continue to be our top priority. Over the last year, we have focused
our Covid-19 relief efforts in areas where we have the greatest impact-supporting our people,
providing essential aid to communities, collaborating with public health experts, governments,
partners and, connecting with our consumers in meaningful ways. We will continue to explore
and undertake initiatives to enhance health and medical infrastructure, address the immediate
needs of affected communities, and facilitate rehabilitation,” said Kartikeya Sharma, President
– India & South East Asia, AB InBev.
Keeping with the overall commitment to equip states with adequate healthcare infrastructure,
the company is adding to the existing Covid-19 hospital bed capacity at a city hospital in
Bengaluru, Karnataka. This facility houses Isolation Wards for Covid-19 patients, ICU facilities
for critical care, an in-built oxygen pipeline, OPD and Screening Wards for testing.
“The health and safety of our communities and employees continue to be our top priority. We
are collaborating with medical institutions, corporates, NGOs and the government to extend our
support during these unprecedented times. Our purpose of bringing people together for a better
world is more relevant than ever. We will continue to undertake initiatives to address the
immediate needs of affected communities and our people,” said Serge De Vos, Managing
Director – Global Capability Center, AB InBev.
In the first phase of this initiative in 2020, AB InBev impacted more than 15 lakh frontline
workers across Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana and Haryana by
providing more than 250,000 bottles of hand sanitizers, 25,000 FFP2 masks and 3,62,100
meals distributed to migrant workers in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
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