Kia India has announced a donation of Rs. 5 crore to the government of Andhra Pradesh to aid in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The funds will be distributed to the Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority, or APSDMA, for the purchase of critical medical equipment such as oxygen concentrators, ventilators, cryogenic tankers, and D4 type medical grade cylinders in hospitals. The second wave of the coronavirus has caused an increase in COVID-19 cases in several regions across India.
Commenting on the contribution Kookhyun Shim, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Kia India said, “The surge in cases during the second wave of COVID-19 has taken all of us by surprise. As Kia India, we thank the Government of Andhra Pradesh for its tireless efforts in preventing the spread of the virus and extend our support of ₹ 5 crore in the fight against the pandemic. The funds will be deployed towards meeting the increased requirement of essential medical equipment, including oxygen concentrators, ventilators, cryogenic tankers and D4 type medical grade cylinders in hospitals. We will continue to extend complete support to the government and health authorities to fight the pandemic and come out of it safely.”
Kia has provided financial assistance in the war against the COVID-19 pandemic on previous occasions too. Kia donated 2 crores to the CM Relief Fund last year, in addition to taking other relief steps, during the nationwide lockdown. Kia India’s manufacturing plant is currently located in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur District. Kia’s sister company, Hyundai Motor India, declared earlier this week that it would donate Rs. 5 crore to the Tamil Nadu government’s ‘Chief Minister Public Relief Fund.’
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