BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Several auto companies, despite plunging bottomlines, in India are coming forward to help the country in the current COVID-19 crisis period. Some have gone in for ventilator production and some have committed funds and resources.
While Maruti Suzuki and Mahindra Auto are focussing their efforts on manufacturing ventilators, Mercedes-Benz India has announced plans to set up a temporary hospital exclusively for Covid-19 patients. The proposed facility will come up in Mhalunge-Ingale village in Chakan Khed (near Pune) and will accommodate 1,500 beds in isolations wards.
The temporary hospital will be located in Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority’s (MHADA) housing area, which was recently built with 374 rooms.
In association with Zila Parishad, Mercedes-Benz India will be assisting in developing all the infrastructure like OPD facilities, medical equipment, wheel chairs, stretchers, sanitizers, PPE kits, etc.
Mercedes-Benz India has also donated several ventilators to Grant Medical Foundation (Ruby Hall Clinic). Mercedes-Benz India says it will also be support local communities comprising daily wageworkers and BPL families in Khed and Viman Nagar area. To help these communities, the carmaker will be providing dry rations and cleaning kits to around 1,600 families.
The project will be executed in association with Shashwat Trust and Ashraya Initiatives for Children, the existing partner NGOs of Mercedes-Benz India. Under the programme, all food and hygiene needs of these families will be taken care of till end of May.
Once Covid-19 situation eases, the facility will be closed down and all medical equipment will be donated to the civil hospital in Khed. Other assets from isolation wards will be handed over to government authorities, who will transfer it to tribal youth hostels.