With a surging demand for Covid-19 testing in the community, Sino Group and Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation have come together to donate 280,000 sets of rapid antigen test kits. The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) together with Sino Group’s volunteer team have distributed these test kits to the underprivileged, in the hopes of bettering the current Covid-19 situation.
Daryl Ng, deputy chairman of Sino Group and director of the Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation, says: “The new wave of the pandemic is particularly challenging. The distribution of rapid antigen test kits hopes to bring extra protection. We would like to thank DAB for their prompt arrangement, together with the colleagues from Sino’s volunteer team, who are working to deliver the test kits to people in need within the shortest time. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the medical professionals, frontline and district volunteers who have been working tirelessly to keep our community safe during this period. We encourage the community to come together to fight COVID-19 together, and the best way to achieve this is through community-wide vaccination. For those yet to be vaccinated, I appeal to you to seek medical advice and get vaccinated as soon as possible.”
Elaine Kwok, managing director of Hauser & Wirth was amongst many of the high profile volunteers who took part in the initiative. “I wanted to help with the pandemic efforts and thanks to Daryl Ng, I joined his team in preparing rapid test kids for those in need. Sino Group has generously donated tens of thousands of these kits, but the tests need to be sorted into individual packs with Chinese instructions before distribution…I’m humbled to contribute something small in these difficult times,” Kwok said on Instagram.
On February 23, Sino Group and its philanthropic arm, the Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation announced its partnership with the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) and the Social Welfare Department to distribute 500 Belun® remoVital remote monitoring systems to residential care homes. The systems will facilitate efficient monitoring and effective follow-ups of elderly and people with disabilities living in residential care homes and with mild Covid-19 symptoms. Distribution is on track to be completed by mid-March 2022. The home-grown innovation, will enable real-time monitoring of health conditions of patients.
Bernard Chan, Chairman of the HKCSS says: ‘The fifth wave of the COVID-19 epidemic situation is particularly challenging as many residents of the residential care homes who have tested positive are required to stay in the care homes. These homes make the best effort to provide appropriate care for these residents while preventing infection among other residents or staffers. The remote health monitoring system helps the care homes monitor patients’ health conditions, enabling them to provide timely support to the patients when necessary, and better protects the health of residents.”
On March 2, Sino Group's Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation announced that it will make a HK$5 million donation to the Hospital Authority to provide support to the paediatric services in the public hospitals, including the Hong Kong Children’s Hospital. With an aim of supporting child patients and their families, the donation will support the purchase of medical equipment, medicines, emergency assistance and anti-epidemic supplies.
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