In an attempt to intensify its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, content company Zee
Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (ZEE) handed over critical healthcare equipment to Kerala.
In the presence of the Kerala’s Minister of Health and Social Welfare K K Shailaja, the healthcare
requirements were handed over to the government.
Punit Goenka, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ZEE said, “The Kerala Government has
taken strong steps to ensure that the health and safety of its citizens is safeguarded. ZEE is
committed to provide a strong support to the state in its fight against Covid-19. We sincerely hope
that the donated healthcare requirements will further enable the state to address the challenges
faced due to the ongoing pandemic .”
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, “The Government of Kerala has taken all the necessary
step to keep the people of the state safe and follow all precautions against Covid-19. We would like
to thank Mr. Punit Goenka and ZEE for their support in this time of need towards Covid-19
K K Shailaja, Minister for Health, Social Justice and Woman and Child Development said, “Zee
entertainment as part of their CSR initiative have contributed 25 ambulances and 4000 PPE kits
which I would say this is a great help to the state. We are facing the difficulty in transporting patients from their homes to hospitals and the ambulances given by ZEE would help us in solving that to an extent.
The 4000 PPE kits would also help in our fight against Covid-19. I appreciate ZEE for this and
am also happy to know that they have helped other states in India as well with such contributions in
strengthening their fight against Covid-19.”
Dr Rajan N Khobragade IAS, Principal Secretary, National Health Mission said when ZEE approached
the state government with the initiative, Vijayan had asked for a solution to solve the transportation
difficulties of patients. “ZEE agreed to this and helped us with the ambulances. Such gestures would
give the state an additional strength to fight diseases,” he said.
In its national level CSR drive towards enhancing the country’s healthcare infrastructure against
Covid-19, ZEE had committed to donate over 240 ambulances, over 46,000 PPE kits, 90 oxygen
humidifiers and 6,00,000 Daily Meals. The donation to the state of Kerala is in line with this national
level CSR drive.
At a national level, ZEE has also financially supported over 5000 Daily Wage Earners working directly
or indirectly with the Company. Further, 3400 employees have contributed towards PM CARES Fund.
The amount generated was matched by ZEE, and the collective proceeds were donated to PM CARES
By: Murtuza Merchant