Wipro Has Committed To Repurpose One Of Our Independent And Vacant Facilities In Pune Into 450 Bed COVID-19 Hospital
Wipro has announced to repurpose one its campus in Hinjewadi for treatment of COVID-19 cases. IT giant company of India, Wipro on Tuesday (May 5) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Maharashtra government to repurpose Phase 1 in Hinjewadi’s Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park area into a 450-bed intermediary care COVID-19 hospital.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Pune Collector Naval Kishore Ram, CEO of Pune Zilla Parishad Ayush Prasad on behalf of the state government and Wipro Ltd Senior Vice-President and Global Head-Operations Hari Prasad Hegde.
In their statement, Wipro said it will provide the physical infrastructure, medical furniture and equipment besides appointing an administrator and skeletal support staff to help operationalise the hospital quickly with the required medical professionals.
According to Wipro, this Hinjewadi complex will be an independent, isolated COVID-19 dedicated complex that will also include 24 rooms to accommodate doctors and medical staff. The hospital will be able enough to equipped to treat moderate cases, including 12 beds to stabilise critical patients before shifting them to a tertiary care facility. Wipro will hand over this tier 2 hospital to Govt. on May 30 and after a year it will continue its campus to run as an IT facility.
Maharashtra Govt. appreciating this generation contribution by Wipro, State Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was quoted as saying, “This humanitarian contribution by Wipro will further strengthen our medical infrastructure and benefit the medical fraternity who are at the forefront of our fight against the pandemic”.
“We are fully committed to supporting the country’s response to the pandemic and we must all work together to deal with this crisis and minimise its human impact. We stand firmly with the Government of Maharashtra in its battle against COVID-19,” said Rishad Premji, Chairman, Wipro Limited, adding that these resources would aid the dedicated medical and service fraternity in the frontlines of the battle against the pandemic.
‘Tier-2 City hospital’
“It is not a quarantine facility, but a Tier-2 hospital. We are creating the infrastructure and the operations part will be handled by the State government. This project is to come up at Phase 1 in Hinjewadi’s Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park. The COVID-19 hospital will be re-converted into an IT facility in a year,” said a senior company functionary.
Another Relief work By Wipro
Last month, Wipro Limited, Wipro Enterprises Limited and the Azim Premji Foundation had together contributed ₹1,125 crore to tackle the health and humanitarian crisis arising from the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. Of the Rs 1125 crore, Wipro’s contribution is Rs 100 crore. While Wipro Enterprises has contributed Rs 25 crore; the Azim Premji Foundation is donating Rs 1000 crore. These sums are in addition to the annual CSR activities of Wipro, and the usual philanthropic spends of the Azim Premji Foundation. The company believes that everyone must work together to deal with this crisis and minimise its human impact. Their relief work has so far touched over 34 lakh beneficiaries across India, said Wipro in the statement.
Azim Premji is one of the world’s biggest generous billionaires who never flinched when it comes to contributing to mankind. He also opened his heart and made a generous contribution towards Indian Govt. to minimize this unfortunate impact of novel coronavirus in human. In 2013, he also agreed to give away half of his wealth to s support an initiative led by Warren Buffet and Bill Gates two of the richest men in the world.
Maharashtra is the most affected state in India who fall a victim to coronavirus It has reached a number of 17,974 COVID-19 positive cases among them death tolls reached to 694 and 3,301 discharged.
Wipro Ltd and Azim Premji Foundation are engaged in Covid-19 related relief work benefitting 34 lakh people, including in different parts of Maharashtra in Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Waluj, Amalner, Ahmednagar, Akola, Beed, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli.