By GO Team
As part of its corporate responsibility the Tata Trusts are upgrading four government hospital buildings , two in Uttar Pradesh and two in Maharashtra, so that they may be used as Covid-19 treatment centres.
The ongoing work will be ready in four to six weeks and will have permanent facilities for immediate purpose Covid-19 treatment, and also offer tele-medicine. The facilities, including both in-patient and out-patient wings are permanent and enhance health care in their locations, even after the immediate purpose is met.
This intervention came after Tata Trusts Chairperson Ratan N Tata asked for “urgent emergency resources need to be deployed to cope with the needs of fighting the Covid-19 crisis, which is one of the toughest challenges the human race will face.” In Maharashtra the hospitals are at Sangli (50 beds) and Buldhana (106 beds), and in Uttar Pradesh at Gautam Buddha Nagar (168 beds) and Gonda (106 beds). The treatment centres in Uttar Pradesh are in collaboration with a partner organisation. The decision to upgrade existing infrastructure was to speed up and makeover usage of existing facilities wherever possible along with other relevant services.
The Trusts are attempting to hand over the upgraded facilities by June 15, 2020. Each hospital will be armed with critical care capabilities, minor operation theatres, basic pathology and radiology, facilities for dialysis and blood storage and telemedicine units. Tata Trusts is harnessing its experience in establishing cancer care facilities and connected service providers to modernise the listed hospitals. The construction is being done by Tata Projects Ltd, design is by Edifice Consultants and equipment is being sourced from leading manufacturers.
This is the third such intervention of the benevolent Tata Trusts to support India in its Covid-19 response. Elsewhere too the trust has begun to donate to State governments and individual hospitals Personal Protection Equipment, including coveralls, N95/KN95 masks, surgical masks, gloves and goggles. To date PPE supplies have gone out to about 26 states and Union Territories and there is also a pan-India community outreach initiative to induce adoption of health practices, as promoted by the gGovernment of India, in rural areas to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Beginning March 31 the exercise hopes to reach about 21 million people in 21 states. For wider deployment by any interested organisation, the Trusts have made publicly available through social media about 300 such videos and audio messages, in different languages, and dialects like Dongri, Kumaoni, Ladakhi, Garhwali, Santhali, Mundari, Kutchi (Gujarat) and Koborok (Tripura).
Something about the Tata Trusts. Since its inception in 1892 these charities have served as India’s oldest philanthropic organisation, playing an exemplary and pioneering role improving the quality of lives of people and communities. Needless to say the Tata Trusts guided by the principles and vision of proactive philanthropy as detailed by the founder of the Tata Group of Companaies, Jamsetji Tata. The purpose is to catalyse development in areas of health, nutrition, education, water, sanitation and hygiene, livelihood, digital transformation, migration and urban habitat, social justice and inclusion, environment and energy, skill development, sports, and arts and culture. The Trusts’ programmes, achieved through direct implementation, partnerships and grant making, are marked by innovations, relevant to the country.
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