Pune: Hindustan Unilever Limited has donated a total of 34 ventilators worth Rs. 4 crores to the Government of Maharashtra. This includes ventilators worth Rs 1.5 crores donated to the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and ventilators worth over Rs 1 crore to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). The rest have been sent to civil hospitals in Chiplun (Ratnagiri) and Nashik where the company has its factories.
These will help in ramping up the medical infrastructure in the state. The Company had earlier donated 29 ventilators worth Rs. 3 crore to government hospitals in Maharashtra. HUL is committed to helping the healthcare system as the country continues to the fight the deadly second wave of Covid-19.
Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman and Managing Director, HUL said, “Over the last few months, India has seen a severe shortage of critical care equipment at various hospitals. We need to come together in these challenging times and pool our resources to fight the Corona virus. We are hopeful that this donation will provide urgent help to the hospitals as they treat patients suffering from Covid-19.”
Earlier this month, HUL announced that they had airlifted over 5000 oxygen concentrators to India through their partnership with KVN Foundation and Portea, India’s largest home healthcare company. This partnership has been successful in providing access to medical oxygen for Covid-19 patients directly in their homes, thereby reducing the pressure on our healthcare infrastructure.
Last year, HUL had committed Rs 100 crores to support the communities impacted by the pandemic. The Company supported more than one lakh migrant labour families with food kits for 15 days and provided more than 20 million soaps to communities across India. The Company also tied-up with Apollo Hospital, State Bank of India, Lemon Tree, Oyo, and others to ensure people have ready access to isolation facilities with medical supervision in metro cities. Along with UNICEF, HUL also created a large-scale awareness campaign about protective measures that reached over 600 million people and drove home the message of social distancing and hygiene, which is critical to fight this virus.