How Corporates Are Helping India Fight the Second Wave of COVID-19-Part 6
Moneylife Digital Team 04 June 2021
It has been more than two months since the country started grappling with the second wave of coronavirus (COVID) and when every institution was overwhelmed by the pressure of rising new cases. Corporates came to the rescue, opened their purses, and put their money where their hearts are, with a lot of heart-warming corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.
 
Moneylife has been covering these initiatives in a special series, here is the latest one.
 
 
In line with their mission towards environment and health care and for the well-being of Puneites, the dwellers at Magarpatta City, Nanded City and at Noble Hospital, the Magarpatta City Group has implemented many initiatives for COVID relief. They have set up 100 oxygen beds in rural Pune, donated 50 oxygen concentrators to Zilla Parishad Pune and donated 8 ventilators.
 
The Magarpatta City Group has also donated 5000 PPE kits to the state government. Besides providing ration to all frontline staff, they also conduct regular RTPCR / Antigen tests for security, housekeeping – other essential service staff below 45 years age. 700 construction workers were checked and vaccinated. A blood donation camp was also organised by the security personnel of the company.
 
 
They conducted a vaccination camp in association with Pune Municipal Corporation, wherein 3,000+ Magarpatta City residents have been vaccinated till date. They have plans for a similar vaccination camp for Nanded City. 
 
Apart from this, the group has distributed 17,700 sanitizers, 90,000 masks  and 17,700 ‘We Care’ kits to the residents  at Magarpatta City and Nanded City.
 
During lock down they made special arrangements for the residents for delivery of daily essentials, vegetables and fruits.They launched a helpline number for the COVID positive residents and their families, which can be utilised by them for sanitization of their flat (after quarantine period is over) - which is free of cost.
 
They have also set up dedicated call numbers for getting assistance in obtaining essential services like grocery, fruit, vegetables, milk, dairy items, medicine, tiffin etc. Residents can directly make payment for the items, but the service for such delivery is completely free of cost.
 
Continuing with its efforts to fight the pandemic, PepsiCo Foundation is organising a series of initiatives in Maharashtra in partnership to help the communities in need.
 
As part of the same initiatives, the Foundation has provided 10 oxygen concentrators to the local administration in Thergaon at Pimpri-Chinchwad, Pune. The oxygen concentrators will be installed in the local government hospitals in Pune. The centre is equipped with state-of-the-art isolation care & adequate ventilation facilities.
 
Tractor manufacturer Escorts Ltd has announced its decision to offer financial help for employees at its dealerships for their COVID-19 treatment. The company will also help dealers by bearing the cost of vaccination of their employees.
 
As part of the scheme named ‘COVID-Shield’, the company will pay an employee of a dealer a sum of Rs20,000 after they test positive for COVID-19.
 
Additionally, Escorts is also reimbursing cost of vaccination for all field sales employees of its dealers. Escorts has also announced a grant of Rs1 lakh for family of deceased dealer employee as additional financial support for its dealership staff. These programmes are being run with support of Escorts Dealers Development Association Ltd (EDDAL), a unique cooperative venture of Escorts and its dealers. 
 
The CSR arm of Cadila Pharmaceuticals, along with the Indian Red Cross Society, Dholka, Mangal Mandir Manav Seva Parivaar, Bagodara, Dholka Seva Parivaar, and Faraj Trust, have set up a free COVID care centre at Dholka (Gujarat) with medicines and oxygen support.
 
Cadila Pharmaceuticals has also provided 600 doses of Sepsivac, an immuno-modulator found to show success in some COVID treatment cases. More than 1,100 COVID patients have received treatment at the COVID care centre at Dolka, while 150 patients have received in-house treatment so far.
 
Piramal Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Piramal Enterprises Ltd (PEL), has launched significant initiatives to address the devastating impact of the second wave of COVID in India’s aspirational districts.
 
To address the current emergency due to the second wave of COVID-19, the Foundation, will set up 100 COVID care centres in rural and tribal blocks across 25 of the worst affected aspirational districts, and home care support to the tribal and rural population with poor access to health services in 112 aspirational districts across India in partnership with the Niti Aayog.
Piramal Foundation will invest Rs100 crore towards COVID Relief.
 
The intervention seeks to reach two million people in 1,143 blocks through a network of over 1,000 non-government organisations (NGOs) and over one lakh volunteers. 
 
As part of its efforts to support the fight against COVID-19, DCM Shriram Ltd has successfully installed, commissioned and handed over two units of the medical oxygen generation plant with a capacity of 125 litres per minute (LPM) at ESIC Hospital, Ankleshwar, Gujarat.
 
 
Under its CSR initiative, the company is undertaking numerous steps to help the local administration and communities combat COVID-19’s second wave. Its manufacturing facility at Bharuch (Gujarat) is producing sodium hypochlorite, which is being given to various cities and districts of Gujarat for sanitisation purposes.
 
 
DCM Shriram has also donated N95 masks, PPE kits and hand sanitisers across 12 government health centres at Bharucht. Further the company will soon install four oxygen generating plants with PSA (pressure swing absorption) technology in the district hospital of Bharuch.
 
Information technology company Cognizant has announced a nationwide drive to vaccinate all its employees along with their dependants under its COVID-19 rapid response programme covering 650,000 people. 
 
The company has partnered with top-tier healthcare providers and hospitals with a pan-India presence to help ensure access to critical health services and vaccinations.
 
"Through our emergency funding to our foundation and Unicef, we have mobilised life-saving care for vulnerable and differently-abled communities, including vaccinations,” Cognizant said.
 
The vaccinations will be administered at Cognizant’s own facilities, through a network of hospital chains such as Apollo, Columbia Asia, Fortis and Manipal. The IT giant will cover the costs of vaccines, enable time-off and ensure vaccine reimbursements, where needed.
 
Additionally, Cognizant India Foundation has partnered with NGOs and health authorities to help deliver 1,000 oxygenated COVID care beds, paediatric ICU units, and over 700,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) kits for frontline workers. Its special vaccination camps for the differently-enabled and their care-givers has covered more than 8,000 people so far.
 
United Phosphorus Ltd (UPL) has set up oxygen generating plants at eight hospitals in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh (UP), and New Delhi.
 
Responding to the nationwide shortage caused by the surge in COVID cases, the company rapidly stepped up its innovation and converted four of its nitrogen production plants in Gujarat, to produce and deliver oxygen to four hospitals in the state and UP.
 
These plants are ‘skid mounted’ and delivered directly to the hospital sites for them to be directly plugged into the hospital’s oxygen header system to help attain self-sufficiency in supply.
 
HDFC Bank CSR is implemented under the aegis of ‘Parivartan’ (the umbrella brand for all its social initiatives). HDFC Bank, under Parivartan, announced a slew of measures to set up and enhance medical infrastructure across the country to assist the fight against the pandemic. 
 
In order to help improve the medical infrastructure across India, HDFC Bank will set up 20 oxygen plants, set up three 100-bed COVID care facilities, create two isolation centres, provide medical equipment and supplies to more than 200 hospitals across the country.
 
The bank has committed an initial amount of Rs100 crore under Parivartan in FY 21-22 for COVID-19 relief initiatives. In FY 20-21, the bank contributed Rs120 crore towards COVID-19 relief, towards Parivartan.
 
In an endeavour to strengthen the oxygen supply chain, Rodic Consultants Pvt Ltd has donated one empty ISO-certified, 20 MT Cryogenic Container to Bihar Foundation, Department of Industries, government of Bihar which has recently been notified as state nodal agency for receipt of all reliefs. The cylinder has been imported from Dubai and will be used for transport as well as storage of Liquid Medical Oxygen. It will further augment the supply chain of liquid medical oxygen for the benefit of coronavirus patients in the state of Bihar.
 
Omega Seiki Mobility, an electric two-wheeler making company, recently opened a dedicated COVID-19 oxygen hospital at Sanjay Colony, Faridabad. The hospital has 50 beds presently and can be expanded to 250 beds in the need arises.
 
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