How Corporates Are Helping India Fight the Second Wave of COVID-19 --Part 5
Moneylife Digital Team 19 May 2021
Corporate India continues to chip in with its support even as the deadly second COVID-19 wave continues. As the number of infections grew across the country, this support is aimed at complementing state and local efforts to help those most affected by the virus. The corporates are stepping up to provide tangible assistance to meet real needs on the ground.
 
Under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, Jindal Stainless has started a special 500-bedded, oxygen oxygen-enabled COVID-19 hospital at Hisar (Haryana) from this week. 
 
Apart from supplying oxygen to the newly built hospital, the oxygen plant at the Hisar manufacturing facility of Jindal Stainless is also supplying about 9.5 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) per day on an average to nearly 50 medical facilities in Haryana and Delhi-NCR. The Odisha unit is regularly supplying 40 tonnes per day of LMO to several medical facilities in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.
 
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd in partnership with Zydus Hospitals has started a multi-speciality hospital at Sitapur in Ahmedabad district of Gujarat. With a total capital expenditure of Rs126 crore, the hospital has been 100% funded by the Maruti Suzuki Foundation–a CSR initiative of Maruti Suzuki.
 
 
The hospital will be managed and operated by Ramanbhai Foundation, the CSR arm of Zydus Group. 
 
The hospital is expected to serve over 375,000 people residing at Sitapur and adjoining villages at affordable charges. Starting with a 50-bed facility, the hospital can be progressively expanded to 100 beds on the basis of demand. 
 
Continuing its commitment to support India in the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, LG Electronics has pledged to help 10 makeshift hospitals across India. This will be done in association with local government bodies and non-government organisations (NGOs). As a part of this association, LG will be providing financial assistance of $5.5 million to set up medical infrastructure in these crucial times.
 
All these makeshift hospitals will be made across Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Pune, Bhopal, Udaipur, Lucknow & other cities in association with various government hospitals. LG Electronics will be working with implementation partners.
 
India’s biggest medical facility AIIMS will be adding more beds to treat COVID-19 patients, the required infrastructure will be funded by LG Electronics.
 
Infosys Foundation will be spending Rs90 crore, out of their total Rs275 crore budget on COVID-19 relief work this year. The Foundation had allocated Rs110 crore to Covid relief last year, taking the total COVID-related contribution to Rs200 crore over the past two years. 
 
  
Apart from establishing a 50-bed COVID hospital in Bengaluru last year, Infosys Foundation are now supporting health care infrastructure by giving ventilators, oxygen concentrators, PPE kits and masks. The Foundation is also helping construction workers with food kits, apart from conducting awareness programmes around vaccinations to remove vaccine hesitancy.
 
Credit Suisse has committed an additional Rs7.5 crore in aid to Concern India Foundation and GiveIndia, to provide financial assistance to hospitals in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and Bengaluru, to help India in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The financial aid would be utilised to procure critical medical supplies, oxygen and ICU equipment for the hospitals treating COVID-19 patients. 
 
Credit Suisse is also raising funds from its staff for GiveIndia’s India COVID Response Fund, which will then be matched by the bank through a separate donation. The campaign has already raised more than Rs2.8 crore of additional support so far.
 
These initiatives follow the bank’s earlier Rs4.5-crore grant to Concern India Foundation and United Way Mumbai in April 2020, for the procurement of essential equipment at seven hospitals in Mumbai and Pune.
 
Even transporters are coming forward to provide relief during the pandemic.

Members of All India Transporters Welfare Association (AITWA) are continuously working across the country to do all they can to support the ongoing pandemic wave. This includes from transporting cylinders to moving vaccines or injections, the transporters are using all their network and capabilities.
 


KoolEx Logistics, headed by Rahul Agarwal and Kunal Agarwal are handling vaccination logistics across the country for both Indian and imported vaccines. Agarwal Packers & Movers Ltd, headed by Ramesh Agarwal, also patron of AITWA, is innovating different solutions in trucks to manage the bed and oxygen shortage in the capital.

Prakash Parcel Services Ltd, headed by Abhishek Gupta is supporting various causes to move o2 cylinders & o2 Concentrators across the country by road and air. Ankur Roadlines, headed by Anil Kumar Gupta, is providing free oxygen (O2) concentrators in Delhi national capital region (NCR) to anyone who needs it round the clock.

DRS Group, headed by AK Agarwal is supporting with free O2 concentrator and oxygen cylinders in Hyderabad.
 
Prestige Foundation, the CSR Division of Prestige Group, has come forward with their re-engineered efforts towards COVID relief measures. Since April 2021 till date, the Foundation has donated over Rs2 crore in funds to benefit those in immediate need.
 
The Foundation has further equipped an additional wing of Vimalalaya Hospital in Electronic City, an establishment run by the congregation of FIH sisters (Franciscan Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary) and offers affordable healthcare, with 24 general ward beds, medical equipment such as ventilators, oxygen tanks, bed monitors, a 450-litre liquid oxygen cylinder, bypass machines and injection pumps.
 
Further, Prestige Foundation contributed to setting up a 24-bed ICU facility at the HBS Hospital through Rotary Bangalore Midtown and ventilators and oxygen concentrators for Kodagu Institute of Medical Science’s patients.
 
The Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC), along with 80-odd community bodies, launched its 'Oxygen for India' marathon fundraiser to collect $2 million to send oxygen equipment to India, even as Ontario announced that it will  send 2,000 more ventilators to the COVID-battered country.
 
Almost $500,000 was raised during the very first session of the marathon fundraiser on Sunday. It will be held for three hours every Sunday for four weeks.
 
Bajaj Finserv, a financial company, has announced a new comprehensive family assistance programme to extend support and financial assistance to families of employees who have passed away due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
‘Together as One’ is an expression of Bajaj Finserv and its companies standing by its people in grieving times and supporting the families of deceased employees. This initiative is being rolled out across Bajaj Finserv and its companies – Bajaj Finance, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance, Bajaj Housing Finance, Bajaj Finserv Health, Bajaj Financial Securities, Bajaj Finserv Markets and Bajaj Holdings & Investment, retrospectively, with from 1 April 2020.
 
The programme aims to support their children’s education till graduation, provide financial assistance to the family and provide for extended medical insurance coverage. It has been structured to cover employees across all levels at Bajaj Finserv and its companies, the company said.
 
Signature Global, an affordable housing company, has been engaged in taking care of the vaccination and medical needs of the people associated with it – be it labour at various sites or their employees. The company is also distributing over 500 meals every day among the needy at Club Road Punjabi Bagh in New Delhi.
 
The company has also been paying full salary to the employees suffering from COVID. The company has introduced two new policies including a group term life insurance of Rs10 lakh for each employee and a mediclaim policy for parents of employees. For those showing signs of COVID infection, the company has formed an ‘Internal Core Helpline Team’ to help staff and their families round the clock, providing 24 hours doctor consultation, arranging ambulance service, providing oxygen cylinders, oxymeters and medicines, wherever needed, also arranging plasma and providing meals to the COVID patients and families.
 
The company said that a vaccination drive for staff and family has successfully been carried out for staff above 45 years of age, and drive for staff between the age group of 18-45 years will begin soon. Moreover, vaccination has been provided to 1,500 residents (above 45 years) at the delivered residential projects. 
 
HCL has extended its COVID-19 mitigation efforts across the country to include Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and other states.
 
These efforts include a 100-bedded COVID treatment facility (including 50 oxygen beds) at Government Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS) at Greater Noida. In Lucknow, HCL has provided six ICU ventilators, 20 oxygen beds and a mini oxygen generator plant (capacity of 45 LPM) to the Fatima Hospital. In addition to these, HCL is supporting with essential equipment and consumables at an L-1 COVID Care Facility, as well as the district hospital in Hardoi.
 
A 24×7 Integrated control centre set up and supported by HCL at Gautam Buddha Nagar during the first wave, continues to respond to citizen queries in the wake of the second wave of the pandemic.
 
In Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, HCL has provided 30 ICU beds at St John’s Hospital in Bengaluru, safety gear and PPE for frontline workers in Madurai and Chennai, as well as essential medical and non-medical equipment for COVID treating institutions in Chennai.
 
HCL has also collaborated with local Municipal bodies to spearhead vaccination centres in cities and towns including Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Vijayawada, Madurai, Lucknow, and J&K.
 
LANXEESS India has committed over Rs2.1 crore as part of its CSR spends to support the medical infrastructure in the country in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The spike in COVID-19 cases in the second wave has been severe and there has been a huge demand for critical medical equipment for treating patients.
 
To help medical institutions tackle the situation better, LANXESS India has donated 20 units of advanced German ventilators worth approximately Rs1.9 crore to hospitals in Thane and Mumbai in Maharashtra, Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh and Ankleshwar and Bharuch in Gujarat.
 
These include Kaushalya Medical Foundation Trust Hospital and Bethany Hospital in Thane, Shushrusha Hospital in Mumbai, Jayaben Modi Hospital in Ankleshwar, Sevashram Hospital and Civil Hospital in Bharuch, and Patidar Hospital, J K Hospital and SS Hospital & Research Centre in Ujjain. The hospitals will use these ventilators for treatment of COVID-19 patients.
 
In addition, to combat the rising medical oxygen requirement in the country, LANXESS India supported the district hospital, Ujjain with 10 units of oxygen concentrators.
 
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