Pune: In this time of crisis when there is a 21-day nationwide lockdown is in force amid Covid-19 pandemic, a temporary hospital with 1500-bed isolation wards will be a huge relief for the COVID-19 patients in the region. The Mercedes-Benz India in association with the local authorities has decided to set up this temporary hospital with all the medical facilities and isolation wards for COVID-19 patients in the Mhalunge-Ingale village, Chakan Khed.
The company will assist the Zilla Parishad with all the necessary infrastructure including the medical equipment required to create a temporary OPD, infrastructure for stay, stretchers, wheel chairs, PPE kits, sanitizers etc. which are essential in the smooth functioning of the hospital and isolation ward.
It has also directly supported the Grant Medical Foundation (Ruby Hall Clinic) by donating Ventilators. Martin Schwenk, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said, “In these challenging times we are trying to support the local community and the local authorities. 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.
We stand together with our community and it remains our endeavour to support them and the authorities in every possible way. We hope for a steady recovery of the crisis and getting back to normalcy.” This measure by the company will not only benefit the medical urgency of such challenging times but also benefit the community after closure of the temporary facility. Post easing of COVID-19 condition, the facility will close down and the medical equipment will be donated to the civil Hospital of Khed. Also, the assets from isolation wards will be given to the tribal youth hostels by Government authorities.
Mercedes-Benz India to also support 1600 families from Khed and Viman Nagar area. The company will provide them dry ration and cleaning kits. This initiative will be executed through Mercedes-Benz India’s existing partner NGOs, Shashwat Trust and Ashraya Initiatives for children till the end of May.
* The facility is in MHADA housing area, which is newly built with 374 rooms
* The facility will be able to hold approximately 1500 COVID-19 patients
* After ease of condition, the medical equipment will be donated to the Civil Hospital and the assets from isolation wards to the tribal youth hostels
* To provide logistics support for setting up the isolation wards and donate ventilators
* To support 1600 daily wageworkers and BPL families.