BENGALURU: Aid continues to flow to India for its fight against the second wave of Covid-19. American Indian billionaire businessman Vinod Khosla pledged $ 10 million to the GiveIndia online donation platform and was hoping others would join him. “There are important and very urgent needs and a delay of a day costs lives. One day, in a hospital without oxygen, 8 people died breathless,” he tweeted.
The French IT company Capgemini has committed Rs 50 crore. This fund, he said, will be used to build Covid intensive care facilities, oxygen production plants, other long-term medical infrastructure and to provide relief operations.
“India is at the heart of what we do at Capgemini, and the health and safety of our employees and the communities we live in remains our top priority. This second wave of the Covid pandemic in India has been particularly difficult and we want to ensure all our support to fight this pandemic and emerge stronger, ”said Aiman Ezzat, CEO of Capgemini.
German software company SAP doubles its commitment by adding an additional 3 million euros for a total of 6 million euros to the Covid-19 emergency fund. Of this new donation, 1 million euros will go to Covax, the vaccines pillar of the Access to the Covid19 Tools (ACT) accelerator. Kulmeet Bawa, President of SAP India, and Sindhu Gangadharan, please SAP Laboratories India would actively lead the relief efforts.
The State Bank of India (SBI) has allocated Rs 71 crore to undertake various initiatives related to Covid. The bank has spent 30 crore rupees to set up makeshift 1,000-bed hospitals, 250-bed intensive care units and 1,000-bed isolation centers in some of the worst-hit states. These facilities would be set up in collaboration with government hospitals and municipal corporations. The bank will also contribute Rs. 10 crore for genome / laboratory sequencing equipment and vaccine / laboratory research equipment to the government.
the Essar Group has set up a 100-bed Covid care center, equipped with oxygen support, in Gujarat. The center, which will be run by a local municipal hospital, will also take care of housekeeping and healthy diets for patients admitted to the facility.
Motilal Oswal pledged Rs 5 crore and also donated over 300 oxygen concentrators, 50 ventilators and 200 gas cylinders to hospitals in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
Accenture India, which has more than 2 lakh employed in India, said it has introduced an additional five-day Covid-19 caregiver leave for its employees to care for family members who have tested positive for Covid-19 .
“We have also launched a home care service for our people and their families who have symptoms and are in quarantine or awaiting hospitalization. The assistance package includes medical care and counseling for the 14-day quarantine period, including daily remote nursing support for vital signs monitoring, consultations with doctors, dieticians and psychologists and home isolation kits, ”the company said.
(With contributions from Mayur Shetty and Reeba Zachariah)