SRINAGAR: The J&K Bank Tuesday said it, in a major Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, adopted for treatment at least 50 Hepatitis-C patients belonging to underprivileged section of society in the state.
In a release issued here, the bank said the patients registering with the Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar, include children, men, and women “who lack financial resources to meet the expenses required for complete treatment of the disease”.
The initiative is supported by Cipla India Pvt Ltd, it said.
J&K Bank Chairman and CEO, Mushtaq Ahmad, announced the initiative on the World Hepatitis Day, Tuesday, in presence of Principal GMC Prof Rafiq Ahmad Pampori, SKIMS gastroenterologists Dr G N Yattoo and Dr Gul Javaid, and Cipla representative Amit Kumar at the bank’s Corporate Headquarters, the release said.
The bank’s Senior Presidents Vagish Chander, Abdul Rauf Bhat, S S Sehgal, other top officials, and the patients were also present on the occasion.
The bank and Cipla, according to the release, would provide complete treatment support—the average cost of which ranges between Rs 90,000 to Rs 1, 00,000 per patient—to the adopted patients.
Speaking on the occasion, the bank’s Chairman, as per the release, said, “Since our CSR department identified this critical health area for intervention that called for an immediate attention, we took the initiative instantly. And in the spirit of CSR, we reached an understanding with one of the top pharmaceutical companies of the country, Cipla, for providing the world-class but affordable medicines to these patients.”
He thanked Cipla for coming forward voluntarily to meet the “emerging health challenge” in the state.
“In collaboration with the Department of Hemophilia Day Care Centre at SMHS Hospital, we have identified more than 40 chronic cases of Hepatitis-C and we have parked a sum of Rs 25 lakh for the complete treatment of as many Hepatitis-C patients as can be accommodated within the amount,” he said.
He assured that the bank will continue to make “effective financial interventions” and “valuable contributions” under CSR in all critical sectors, helping the people of Jammu and Kashmir to “become wealthier, healthier and wiser”.
The GMC Principal extended gratitude to J&K Bank, stating that the bank’s CSR activities “have received a real shot in arm under the chairmanship of Mushtaq Ahmad”.
“We hope and expect that these initiatives get institutionalised and expanded to a much-larger scale so that we meet such health challenges in a sustainable manner,” he said.