09.04.2020

Bayer donates medicines worth R1.3 million to Charlotte Maxeke Hospital

Emergency medicinal aid to help enable public health authorities as they fight coronavirus by helping the elderly

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Johannesburg, April 9, 2020- Bayer has stepped in to help the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg, Gauteng with a donation of R1,3 million worth of medicines. The medicine is one of Bayer’s most innovative and will assist the hospital in treating impoverished, elderly citizens by helping them to reduce these vulnerable patients visits to the hospital at this critical time in the fight against the coronavirus. Charlotte Maxeke Hospital is a government-designated coronavirus testing and treatment hospital in Johannesburg.

 

Country Divisional Head for Bayer’s Pharmaceutical Division in Southern Africa, Frans Labuschagne explains that this donation will help the health authorities to lessen the chances of these vulnerable patients being infected by the coronavirus, “Considering that Gauteng is dealing with the country’s highest number of coronavirus cases, it is imperative that our public health resources can remain focused on treating and containing the coronavirus. By providing this medicine to Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, we are hoping to help the hospital treat at least 700 older patients who would otherwise have to visit the hospital several times to help manage their condition, but will now be placed on Bayer’s self-regulating treatment, that will free-up much needed public health resources and reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus in a crowded hospital environment.”

 

Apart from this donation, Bayer has committed considerable financial and material support to various countries including China, Italy, Germany and the United States to help contain the pandemic. Bayer will continue to provide affected regions and countries with rapid and unbureaucratic assistance as part of its corporate social responsibility.

 

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Contact:

 

Tasniem Patel

Mobile +27 82 8732423

Head of Communications for Southern Africa

Email: tasniem.patel@bayer.com

 

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