Skoda and Volkswagen India will be donating Rs 1 crore in order to set up a 1,100 bed facility for COVID-19 patients in a hospital in Pune.
Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited has announced a financial aid of Rs 1 crore in order to set up a dedicated COVID -19 facility with 1,100 beds in Sassoon General Hospital in Pune. The company says the contribution will help procure essential medical consumables and critical care equipment for the medical team as well as for the affected patients.
In addition to that, Skoda and VW will donate over 35,000 sanitizers to hospitals in Pune, Aurangabad and Mumbai. In areas around Aurangabad, the company will supply 50,000 food packets until the final day of the ongoing lockdown, i.e., 14th April 2020. Skoda and VW say they’re also looking at utilising its global supply chain capabilities to see if they can organise essential medical supplies to fight COVID-19 crisis in India.
The company is also in the process of manufacturing reusable face shields at its factory in Chakan, and these will be distributed to healthcare providers treating COVID-19 patients. The face masks produced by the company have been certified for both indoor and outdoor use, and can also be used in ICU or for COVID -19 OPD consultation, claims the company.
Apart from Skoda and VW, Mercedes-Benz India recently announced that they are also setting up a 1,500 beds ward near Pune to help fight the COVID-19 crisis that has currently affected the whole world. In addition to this, various automakers have lend a helping hand to the governments around the world, and in India, to assist them with the manufacturing of medical equipment using their engineering expertise.