Karnataka continues to ramp up health infrastructure to ensure preparedness for any future Covid waves
Representatives from the various corporate companies met Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and committed to set up 40 ICU Beds at Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health in Bengaluru, as part of their Covid-19 relief and rehabilitation efforts. Along with this, a 500 LPM oxygen plant will also come up at the hospital through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.
In addition, 50 oxygen concentrators donated by Yooil Infrastructure with technical support from UNDP and 50 Non-invasive BIPAP ventilators donated by Indian American Donors were handed over to CM BS Yediyurappa.
The donor corporate companies who met the Chief Minister included representatives from the Embassy Group, 3M, Swiss Re, Capitaland Hope Foundation, Axa, iCEMA and CII while the Oxygen Plant contribution is from Lowe’s supported by Sambhav Foundation.
Dr. P.S. Harsha, Nodal Officer and Commissioner, Department of Information and was present.
Lauding the efforts of companies CM BS Yediyurappa said, “ The way corporate companies have come together to join hands with government in this battle against pandemic is commendable. This reflects the spirit of volunteerism and civic participation the city is always known for.”
Ramesh Ramdorai, Chairaman, CII, Karnataka chapter expressed his gratitude to Health Department and Dr.P.Harsha, IPS in particular for strong support and collaboration with us for this project and said he was committed to support the government to the best of our abilities to build capacity and sustainable solutions for the medium and long term as well.
*Karnataka Govt took the CSR route to ramp up critical infrastructure*
Even as the second wave retreats, Karnataka Government has not turned its focus away from ramping up health infrastructure to ensure preparedness for third wave. The augmenting medical infrastructure includes the following:
• About 780 beds are at different stages of augmentation and 104 beds have already been set up and operational. 24 beds have been set up in Jayanagar General Hospital by Embassy and AZU.
• CV Raman General Hospital has got 56 beds through contribution from 3M, Hitachi, ABB Power Grids and Volvo Group.
• Another 24 beds are operational in Epidemic diseases hospital which is set up in collaboration by Embassy Group, McAfee, AXA, Yahoo, Capital Land Swiss Re. The implementation of 190 beds being set up by Texas Instruments is underway at RGICD.
Nodal Office drives the initiative
It can be recalled that on April, 30, 2021 Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa had appointed DIPR Commissioner Dr. P. Harsha, IPS, as Nodal Officer with a mandate to set up of 500 ICU beds in all 8 BBMP Zones. And these initiatives are an outcome of the initiatives of the Nodal Officer.
Appreciating the CSR initiative, Dr.P.S. Harsha said, “Bengaluru, the Silicon Valley and knowledge capital of India has been home to several multinational companies of global repute. It is extremely heartening that many companies are now coming forward to extend their solidarity and support to the society when it is needed the most.”
I appreciate the kind gesture of Embassy Group, 3M, Swiss Re, Capitaland Hope Foundation, Axa, iCEMA and CII for committing to set up 40 ICU Beds at Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health. I also thank Lowe’s and Sambhav Foundation for committing to set up 500 LPM oxygen plant. I appeal to all companies to join hands with government in this battle against pandemic.”
Any corporate interested to partner with government and contribute to upgrade state’s healthcare infrastructure can contact Nodal officer at email@example.com.