KCH making huge contributions: Minister


KUMUL Consolidated Holdings (KCH) is making significant contributions to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Minister for State Enterprises Sasindran Muthuvel says.
“The state-owned enterprise is donating K1 million worth of petrol to police, paid direct to Puma,” he said.
“It has also supplied 12 vehicles for police operations in NCD/Central. KCH, as a shareholder in SOEs (state-owned enterprises), is also looking at other ways to help defeat coronavirus.
“We are proud to partner the Government in this fight.”
Muthuvel said the assistance was in response to requests from the State of Emergency (SOE) Controller, Police Comm David Manning.
He said other SOEs are also helping the Government in Covid-19 response. Ports PNG and Water PNG have donated additional personal protection equipment for health staff around the country, and Post PNG is helping transport medical supplies from the Badili stores to the airport to be flown by Air Niugini to the provinces.
Telikom and DataCo have connected the national operations command centre at Morauta Haus to the internet at no cost.
On advice from Comm Manning, Air Niugini’s 767 is on standby to fly to any international location to obtain medical supplies such as test kits and personal protection equipment.
Air Niugini is also providing trained call centre staff to the Department of Health call centre.
“All SOEs are involved in awareness campaigns and these are substantial contributions,” he said.