The latest donations made by the Bank’s CSR Trust include a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) delivery device to provide respiratory support to premature babies; a Hand-held Doppler used to conduct non-invasive tests to estimate blood flow through the blood vessels by bouncing high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) off circulating red blood cells; 50 Pulse Oximeters for the purpose of monitoring oxygen levels in blood; six Multipara Monitors necessary to monitor pulse rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, blood flow, and oxygen saturation levels and two Oxygen Concentrators that harvest natural oxygen in the environment to deliver it to patients.
Hospitals that benefited from the recent donations include the Teaching Hospital Peradeniya with the support of the Mawanella, Passara and Peradeniya branches of the Bank, the Colombo South Teaching Hospital served by the Kohuwala branch, the Base Hospital Udugama, Divisional Hospital Hatharaliyadda and Divisional Hospital Kaduganna wa served by the Bank’s Kandy branch and the Teaching Hospital Kuliyapitiya served by the Kuliyapitiya branch.
By June this year, Commercial Bank had provided medical equipment and personal protective gear to more than 16 other government hospitals and Medical Officers of Health (MOH) offices around the country under this initiative, implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Besides these donations to enhance medical services offered in the country during the pandemic, Commercial Bank made a monetary donation to the National COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund set up by the government of Sri Lanka last year.
A committed supporter of healthcare sector of the country, the Bank hasplayed a key role in providing infrastructure and critical care equipment to over 50 state-owned children’s and maternity hospitals to date.
The Bank’s overseas operations encompass Bangladesh, where the Bank operates 19 outlets; Myanmar, where it has a Microfinance company in Nay Pyi Taw; and the Maldives, where the Bank has a fully-fledged Tier I Bank with a majority stake.