Diageo India, the liquor company came up with an announcement that it will produce 3 lakh litres of hand sanitizers. This is an applaudable step taken by the company to help overcome any kind of shortage of the product in the country due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
For the initiative, Diageo has 15 manufacturing units that it has repurposed to manufacture hand sanitisers and donation of extra neutral alcohol (ENA).
Not just sanitisers, health insurance cover to on-trade partners and donation of free masks to public health departments are also part of the action plan to support its customers and help combat the corona virus impact.
Speaking of mask donation, Diageo India said, about 150,000 masks has been donated to five of state’s public health departments across the country for use by health care professionals and caregivers of patients. Also, a Rs 30 million health insurance cover has been allocated for bartenders associated with their in-house programme in India.
Anand Kripalu, the CEO of Diageo India said, “The demand for sanitisers is increasing by the hour, and we would like to use our manufacturing units to join in the effort to fill the demand-supply gap for sanitisers. Healthcare providers are at the forefront of this fight, and donating masks is a token of our appreciation for their selfless dedication to fighting the epidemic,”
This move also comes in time with the central government’s appeal to distilleries in the country to make hand sanitisers as an effort to compensate short supply during this pandemic. It is that time in the country when virus is rapidly expanding itself to almost every corner of the country with a recent case in North East’s Manipur yesterday. In such a scenario, these health initiatives taken by these firms is all we need currently to combat the disease outbreak.