On Monday, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) said it has set up India’s first COVID-19 dedicated hospital in Mumbai. The company said it will pay the contract and temporary workers wages, ramp up face mask production capacity and fuel to deal with the crisis. It is no doubt a great step by the largest company of India to deal with the pandemic.
The company said in an official statement, “Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in collaboration with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), has set up a dedicated 100 bedded COVID-19 centre at Seven Hills Hospital, Mumbai for patients who test positive for COVID-19.”
“This first-of-its-kind-in-India centre is fully funded by Reliance Foundation and includes a negative pressure room that helps in preventing cross-contamination and helps control infection. All beds are equipped with the required infrastructure, biomedical equipment such as ventilators, pacemakers, dialysis machines, and patient monitoring devices,” it added.
“Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, a world-class healthcare institution in Mumbai, has also offered to set up special medical facilities to quarantine travellers from notified countries and suspected cases identified through contact tracing,” the statement further said.
To combat the coronavirus spread, RIL has also declared initial support of Rs 5 crores to Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. The company has also taken initiative to produce 100,000 face-masks per day and a huge number of personal protective equipment for the health workers in India fighting with the deadly virus.
In a collaboration with NGOs, Reliance Foundation has also promised to provide free meals to people across various cities to survive the current difficult situation. RIL is also helping authorities and working for effective testing of the virus. RIL’s Jio is planning to create a partnership with Microsoft Team, unified communication and collaboration platform for teamwork, to support social distancing. The company also declared that it will keep open its groceries for people to provide some essential items.
“All 736 grocery stores of Reliance Retail across the country will ensure sufficient supply of essentials, including staples, fruits and vegetables, bread, breakfast cereals and other items of daily use so that citizens need not stock up,” it further said.