To help the authorities tackle the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, Mercedes-Benz India will set up a temporary hospital with 1,500-bed isolation wards near its manufacturing facility in Chakan, Pune.
The ongoing Coronavirus crisis seems to be getting from bad to worse. While India hasn’t registered as many cases as countries like China, Italy, and Spain, the number of patients testing positive for COVID-19 here in India has witnessed an exponential growth in the past few days. In light of the current situation, Mercedes-Benz India has come forward to assist the government by setting up a temporary hospital with 1,500-bed isolations wards for the patients of COVID-19 in Pune.
The temporary medication facility is located in Mhalunge-Ingale village, which is close to the Mercedes-Benz India factory in Chakan, and it’s set up in association with Zila Parishad of the area. The facility that’s used for this arrangement is in Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority’s (MHADA) housing area, which is a newly built building with 374 rooms, says Mercedes.
Additionally, Mercedes-Benz India will assist the Zila Parishad in procuring the medical equipment required to create a temporary OPD, infrastructure for stay, stretchers, wheelchairs, PPE kits, sanitizers, and other essentials. The company has also directly supported the Grant Medical Foundation (Ruby Hall Clinic) by donating ventilators.
Apart from helping the authorities to tackle the current medical emergency, the company is also supporting 1,600 families from Khed and Viman Nagar area of Chakan by providing them with dry ration and cleaning kits, which will continue until the end of May 2020.
After the temporary facility closes down, Mercedes-Benz India will donate all the medical equipment to the civil hospital of Khed, while the assets from the isolation wards will be given to the tribal youth hostels.