As part of its wide-ranging, empathetic response to the Covid-19 crisis, the Mahindra Group is donating oxygen plants and ambulances to various state governments and public charitable hospitals. So far, the Group has donated three oxygen plants and 29 ambulances to various states of India.
The Group is in the process of donating 86 ambulances across 19 states and has committed substantial funds across the country. The Group’s efforts cover a wide spectrum, including raising funds, sustaining the government’s relief efforts, re-engineering production lines and facilities to manufacture face shields, face masks and aerosol boxes, and providing ICU beds, emergency cab services, quarantine centres, oxygen-on-demand, monetary support and dry rations for the underprivileged.
In the recent event at Telangana state, KT Rama Rao, Minister of IT, Industries, Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Telangana, and in the presence of CP Gurnani, Board Member, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., and MD & CEO, Tech Mahindra, the Group donated three oxygen plants and 12 ambulances. The Group had supported the Government of Telangana by providing emergency cab services for vaccinating the elderly and transporting oxygen cylinders as a part of its ‘Oxygen on Wheels’ initiative along with face shields, ration kits, cooked meals, face masks, PPE Kits, aerosol boxes and medical equipment for hospitals during the lockdown earlier this year.
Tech Mahindra Foundation has supported installing a 500 LPM oxygen plant at St. Theresa Hospital and set up a 200-bed hospital in Hyderabad for marginalised communities. In addition, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. has installed a 1,000 LPM oxygen plant in Mahabubnagar district and a 500 LPM Oxygen Plant in the industrial town of Zaheerabad.
KT Rama Rao said, “What this pandemic has shown us is the importance of healthcare and the need for collective action. Mahindra Group has been working proactively and efficiently with the Telangana government to support our fight against Covid-19. The installation of oxygen plants and the ambulances will help charitable hospitals provide emergency medical services to impoverished and marginalised communities.”
CP Gurnani added, “The pandemic has emphasised the need to build an emergency healthcare infrastructure. This will require the coming together of industries, government and citizens in our fight against the global Covid-19 pandemic. I feel honoured to be a part of this initiative and strongly believe that by strengthening our healthcare infrastructure and by supporting each other to stay safe, we can address the challenges posed by this pandemic and chart the growth path ahead for all.”
The Group donated ten ambulances to the Directorate of Health Services of the Government of Madhya Pradesh. The ambulances are aimed to support government hospitals in the Bhopal district. The ambulances were flagged off by the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chauhan, in the presence of the State Health Minister Prabhuram Chaudhari, Additional Chief Secretary Mohammed Suleman and Secretary and Health Commissioner Akash Tripathi.
The Mahindra Group has been supporting the Government of Madhya Pradesh in the fight against Covid-19. Mahindra and Mahindra Financial Services Ltd. had earlier donated ten ambulances to support the government hospitals in the Sheopur and Morena districts of MP. Tech Mahindra has also reached out to over 5,000 beneficiaries through the provision of ration kits.
Reiterating Mahindra’s commitment to helping India fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Ruzbeh Irani, President - Group Human Resources and Communications, said, “The pandemic has accentuated the need for healthcare, and we have taken proactive, impactful steps to make healthcare available to our associates and beyond. Towards this end, we have partnered with governments to scale up medical infrastructure by providing oxygen plants, oxygen concentrators, ambulances and setting up temporary Covid-19 care centres.”
Five ambulances were donated to the Government of Himachal Pradesh fitted with oxygen cylinders with the aim to support hospitals in Shimla, Solan, Mandi, Kinnaur and Kangra districts. The handover ceremony was headed by the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jai Ram Thakur.
In continuation of its support of the Government of Himachal Pradesh, the Mahindra Group is also setting up a 500LPM oxygen plant at the Government Civil Hospital in Dehra. The Group distributed protective equipment (4,000 pairs of gloves) to support frontline sanitation workers of the Municipal Corporation of Shimla during the second wave of Covid-19. In addition, Club Mahindra Naldhera resort was converted into a quarantine centre for exclusive use by the Government of Himachal Pradesh in the first wave. It has donated face shields, ration kits, PPE kits and refreshments on 24 check-posts across Shimla and Solan districts.
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