Southern provinces face challenges during the pandemic
Like many countries in the region, Vietnam has been severely hit by the extremely contagious SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant. Since April 2021, numerous outbreaks have happened throughout Vietnam. The largest clusters have been in Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring provinces such as Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, and Long An which are also the economic and industrial hubs of the country and are densely populated regions.
The pandemic has greatly affected not only the production capacity of enterprises but also the jobs and livelihoods of many people. In the southern areas, the logistics and supply chains are at a high risk of snapping due to the postponed operations in many production processes to comply with COVID-19 prevention measures. Meanwhile, many employees have lost their jobs.
Striving to bring the localities back to a new normal by the end of September, the Government and local authorities have sought every solution with the highest determination and greatest effort to control the pandemic. Social distancing measures have been implemented while the vaccine roll-out has been accelerating. Accordingly, many southern provinces have gradually expanded the green area in the COVID-19 map and brought the locality into a state of “new normal”.
Practical and timely support from enterprises
The “new normal” state and economic recovery can never be achieved without the leadership of the Government and local authorities, the strict compliance from people, and the support from responsible enterprises. Among them, SCG is one of the businesses that has made a substantial donation to the COVID-19 fight in the Southern area. Within the framework of the “SCG together fight the COVID-19 pandemic” campaign, SCG as a responsible corporate citizen has continuously donated VND10 billion to closely accompany the localities to support prevention of the pandemic and treatment of COVID-19 patients.
In Binh Duong, the second-largest hotspot after HCMC in the number of infections, SCG has focused on supporting provincial hospitals with equipment such as Hygiene Modular Bathrooms, SCGP Paper Field Hospital Beds, and level-3 protective gears among others. Particularly, the Hygiene Modular Bathrooms, an innovation from SCG, can be used in the medical facility system as an effective solution for minimizing the cross-infection for medical workforces. The beds are made from recycled paper providing both hygiene and comfort for patients in quarantined areas. The beds have received great feedback from beneficiaries thanks to the convenience and the solid structure that they offer.
“The SCGP Paper Field Hospital Beds are best suited for quarantine areas because they enable quick installation as well as offer comfort for the users. Thanks to SCG for this timely and practical support. We really appreciate it,” said Mrs. Nguyen Ngoc Thuy, working at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Binh Duong.
In Dong Nai, to help reduce the burden on the medical workforce, SCG has donated medical equipment for patient treatment like SpO2 blood oxygen meters, Oxygen generators, transfusion machines, electric injection pumps…To ensure care conditions and prevent cross-infection in the hospital areas, steel beds are also added to the list of support items by SCG… Besides the equipment, SCG also brought joy to the children in Dong Nai and Binh Duong whose families were affected by the pandemic with meaningful Mid-Autumn gifts.
In Ba Ria Vung Tau Province, SCG has cooperated with Long Son Petrochemicals Co., Ltd. and EPC Contractors to donate the fully automated Real-Time PCR Testing Machine to Vung Tau Medical Clinic. The company also accompanied the Provincial Youth Union in the “Back-to-School, together against COVID-19” program to support students during difficult times in the province.
In Long An Province, recently SCG has donated much-needed medical equipment namely Hygiene Modular Bathrooms, SCGP Paper Field Hospital Beds, level-3 protective gears, N95 face mask… The donation has contributed to the swift and comprehensive actions taken to control the outbreak and ensure the province can soon be back to normal.
So far, SCG has donated a total of more than VND10 billion to four Southern provinces to support COVID-19 relief and response. In the upcoming time, as a responsible corporate citizen, SCG will continue to accompany the provinces in the fight against the pandemic and together with local authorities to bring the “new normal life” to the communities. All of these supports accurately reflect the commitment to social responsibility that SCG always pursues.