Singapore’s two distinguished trade firms recently launched a new relief fund to support India in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as the country is battling an unprecedented second wave of the deadly contagion.
The Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI), and the Little India Shopkeepers Association (LISHA) are together coordinating efforts by the community to help India.
SICCI has launched the ‘INDIA COVID RELIEF FUND’ account with DBS Bank with its chairman Dr T. Chandroo making a loud and clear decision of the community at large for contribution.
Chandroo said, “We are going to stand side by side with India as this is a crisis of historic proportions and would require everyone’s immediate and urgent help. I am making a clear and impactful call to the Singapore community at large to support this campaign undertaken by SICCI and LISHA.”
A joint statement has been issued by both companies saying that the COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on the people of India, leading to multiple crises across India.
In the face of these huge challenges, SICCI and LISHA are raising funds to help India manage the immense pressure on its healthcare services. Both SICCI and LISHA are taking the lead in coordinating community efforts to support India.
SICCI has also contacted the partners of India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare through the High Commission of India in Singapore to gather information on their most immediate and most urgent priorities.
“We have also received requests from Youth with a Mission, HHL Lifecare, Gilead Pharma and many other organisations about volunteering. On the other hand they are gathering support on the ground to help India overcome the crisis.” Chandroo further added.
SICCI’s and LISHA’s initial appeal is focused on emergency response to help and protect the most vulnerable from direct impact because of the rapid spread of the contagion and to rescale life-saving protection and help in the most affected states and hospitals in India.
SICCI, which has around five hundred corporate members with global networks, and LISHA, representing most small businesses in Singapore’s Little India shopping precinct, hope to harness the support of the community to supply the necessary assistance that India requires.
Presently, Indian hospitals desperately need ventilators and oxygen concentrator devices. After setting up the relief fund account, SICCI and LISHA are the central coordinating and focal point in Singapore for the mobilisation of resources required by India.
According to the statement, a virtual command centre has been organised for the distressed people to get in contact with SICCI Cares at Mobile/Whatsapp: 96541346, 62222855 (Ms Gowri or Ms Pamela). Donations are going to be updated on the Telegram Channel and the Website.
India is in battle with the second wave of the virus where more than 3,00,000 daily new coronavirus cases being reported in the past few days. Almost all the hospitals in many states are at the capacity with oxygen cylinders, beds and medicine.
The Union Health Ministry said that India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases is continuously rising while the national recovery rate has further dropped to 82.54 per cent. The death toll is continuously increasing.