Vedanta-supported ICU facility at Jharsuguda COVID Hospital inaugurated
Jharsuguda: Vedanta Jharsuguda, India’s largest producer of aluminium and value-added products, has supported the ICU facility with essential medical equipment at Jharsuguda’s District COVID Hospital.
The newly ramped up ICU was inaugurated on Wednesday by State Health Minister Naba Kishore Das at a virtual ceremony. Bargarh MP Suresh Pujari, Brajarajnagar MLA Kishore Kumar Mohanty and Jharsuguda Collector Saroj Kumar Samal were among others present. Representing Vedanta, Harshpal Singh, Chief Commercial Officer, Aluminium Business, and Birendra Tiwari, Head, Township Administration and Jharsuguda Site Advocacy, attended the inauguration ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, C N Singh, CEO, Vedanta Ltd, Jharsuguda, said, “We stand in solidarity with the State Government and the people of Odisha at the time of need. We are extending all support to the State administration in their efforts to keep our communities safe, as we work on all fronts to safeguard our employees and families against the disease. We are working closely with the Jharsuguda District Administration in providing our full support to the District COVID Hospital as we aid in the effective management of the disease in the region.”
District Collector Saroj Kumar Samal appreciated the company’s support saying, “Vedanta’s gesture of contributing critical life-saving ICU beds support to Jharsuguda’s COVID Hospital is truly appreciable. This will play a crucial role in saving lives and help us win the battle against the pandemic. I look forward to more support from Vedanta in the fight against COVID.”
Vedanta has rolled out several initiatives in Jharsuguda at the grassroots level to ensure greater preparedness against COVID. Combating the ongoing second COVID wave, the company supported the District COVID Hospital in Jharsuguda with 20 ICU beds, 20 ventilators, 200 oxygen flowmeters and 2,000 N95 masks, aiding the district administration’s endeavour to provide proper treatment to those ailing from the disease. It has also installed a diesel generator (DG) set at the hospital to ensure uninterrupted supply of power and provided a 24/7 ambulance with healthcare workers for logistics support. Vedanta’s support to the district administration comes at a crucial time as they relentlessly battle the pandemic.
Last year, the company had helped set up the District COVID Hospital, by providing infrastructure and medical equipment such as beds and ICUs, ventilators, PPE and corona kits, oxygen cylinders and concentrators, medicines and other essential supplies.
Vedanta distributed over 1.6 lakh masks to the community and frontline workers. The masks were stitched by local women’s SHG under Subhalaxmi Cooperative, Vedanta’s flagship women empowerment project in Jharsuguda, thus providing them with a safe means of livelihood during the lockdown. More than 3,300 ration kits were distributed to daily wage earners, slum dwellers and under-served families. Extensive awareness sessions on COVID were conducted across remote villages, and sanitisation and disinfection activities were carried out in peripheral villages, public spaces and government offices.