Joining the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, Mercedes-Benz India has announced a 1,500-bed temporary hospital in Pune. By Kumar Shree
The hospital will come up in Chakan, Pune. It will have all the necessary medical facilities and 1500-bed isolation wards for Coronavirus patients. The German car manufacturer announced the hospital on Wednesday and is working with the local authorities to get it up and running as soon as possible.
The hospital is just one part of the initiative by Mercedes-Benz India. The company has also announced that all of its employees will voluntarily donate their one day’s salary for the fight against Coronavirus. The company will match the amount collected from employees and donate the whole towards the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
The company in its recent press release stated, “In the wake of the ongoing global health crisis caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, Mercedes-Benz India has decided to set up a temporary hospital with medical facilities and isolation wards for COVID-19 patients. The newly developed medical facility in Mhalunge-Ingale village, Chakan Khed, will have isolation wards with a capacity to take care of 1,500 patients.”
The temporary hospital will be built in the newly erect structure development by Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA). The building has 374 rooms and the company will assist the Zila Parishad in setting up the facility. It will also help with equipment for temporary OPD, infrastructure for stay, and other essentials like stretchers, wheelchairs, PPE kits, and sanitisers.
“The new medical facility will help support the local authorities and the people of the region with healthcare in the coming times if the situation worsens,” said Martin Schwenk, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mercedes-Ben India.
The car-maker also claims to have donated ventilators to a hospital and is working towards taking care of more than 1,600 families from Khed and Viman Nagar area in Pune by providing dry ration and cleaning kits to them.
Once the situation is under control, the equipment used at this temporary hospital will go as a donation to the Civil Hospital of Khed. The equipment from the isolation wards will go to the tribal youth hostels.
Automakers around the globe are joining the fight against this pandemic. While Renault, in Spain, has asked its workers to make masks from home, Mahindra, in India, is working towards a working model of a low-cost ventilator, which, if achieved, will be distributed for production to all manufacturers.