Mr Anil Agarwal, Chairman of Vedanta, one of the leading producers of metals and oil & gas, has pledged Rs 150 crore to help the country in its fight against the rapidly spreading second wave of Covid-19. This is over and above Rs 201 crore that was spent by the Vedanta group last year.
In an effort to support the tremendous efforts being made by the Government of India and State governments, Vedanta Ltd will create additional capacity of 1,000 critical care beds in 10 cities pan-India. The critical care beds will be placed in state-of-the-art ‘field hospitals’ which will be attached to recognized and reputed hospitals. Each facility will have 100 beds in an air-conditioned tent with full electrical support and designed specifically for Covid care.
The critical care facilities will have 90 beds equipped with oxygen support while the remaining will have ventilator support.
The states where the additional capacity of critical care beds will be created are Rajasthan, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Goa, Karnataka and Delhi NCR. The company has set a target for the first set of facilities to be ready and commissioned within 14 days and balance facilities will be augmented within 30 days. Vedanta has estimated this support for a minimum 6-month period.
Vedanta is working closely with the government bodies and local administration to provide medical facilities and hospital care to those in need.