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Singapore Trade Bodies Raise Funds to Help India Fight Covid-19 | India News

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SINGAPORE: Singapore’s two leading trade organizations have launched a new aid fund to support India in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic as the country is battling an unprecedented second wave of deadly contagion.
The Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) and the Little India Merchants Association (LISHA) are jointly coordinating community efforts to support India.
SICCI has opened an ‘INDIA COVID RELIEF FUND’ account with DBS Bank with its president, Dr. T Chandroo, calling out to the wider community for their contribution.
Chandroo said: “We want to stand by India’s side as this is a crisis of historic proportions and would require our immediate and urgent assistance. I am calling out to the Singapore community at large to support this initiative undertaken by SICCI and LISHA “.
The two trade bodies, in a joint statement released Monday night, said the Covid-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on the Indian population, sparking multiple crises across the country.
In light of these challenges, Singapore SICCI and LISHA are jointly raising monetary support to help India handle the immense pressure on its health services, according to the statement.
Both SICCI and LISHA are leading the coordination of community efforts to provide support to India.
SICCI has also reached out to partners in the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare through the Indian High Commission in Singapore to gather information on their most immediate and urgent priorities.
“We have also received requests from YWAM (Youth with a Mission), HHL Lifecare, Gilead Pharma and various other organizations that are mobilizing support on the ground to help India overcome the crisis,” said Chandroo.
SICCI and LISHA’s initial appeal focuses on emergency response to help protect the most vulnerable from direct impact due to the rapid spread of contagion, and to expand life-saving protection and assistance in priority states and hospitals in India.
SICCI, which has some 500 corporate members with international networks, and LISHA, which represents almost all small businesses in Singapore’s Little India business district, hope to leverage community support to provide the necessary assistance that India requires.
As of now, Indian hospitals urgently need ventilators and oxygen concentrating devices, the two associations said.
Having established the relief fund account, SICCI and LISHA are the coordinating center and focal point in Singapore for mobilizing resources required by India.
A virtual command center has been organized for the community to contact SICCI Cares.
Donations will be updated on the Telegram channel and website, the statement added.
India is battling a second wave of the pandemic with more than 300,000 new coronavirus cases reported daily in recent days, and hospitals in several states are reeling from shortages of medical oxygen and beds.
On Tuesday, the Union Health Ministry said the total Covid-19 case count in India has risen to 1,76,36,307 with 3,23,144 people testing positive in one day, while the national recovery rate has dropped further to 82.54 percent.
The death toll rose to 1,97,894 with 2,771 new deaths, he said.

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