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ITC extends financial support to set up 200-300 bed Covid facility

Ltd has extended financial support for creating a 200-300 bed Covid facility which is being set up by Medica Superspeciality Hospital in Kolkata. The makeshift facility will also augment vaccination drive of the government.

The West Bengal government has permitted the use of Kishore Bharati Stadium in Kolkata for the set-up of this medical facility.

“As part of this assistance, ITC will extend financial support to Medica for setting up this facility which will encompass the cost of creating the facility including arrangement for beds, monitors, oxygen, furniture, air conditioners and initial medical supply. The hospital will be set up and managed entirely by Medica Superspecialty Hospitals and will be a temporary facility for the treatment of Covid-19 affected patients,” ITC said in a release.

The unprecedented medical crisis created by the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in an exponential surge in the demand for healthcare facilities. This has led to an acute shortage in the availability of beds at hospitals for the treatment of COVID-19 positive patients.

ITC has also pushed government’s endeavour to enhance medical oxygen supply, is playing a critical role in the import of cryogenic ISO containers by Linde India from other Asian countries.

The company’s paperboards unit in Bhadrachalam in Telangana has already commenced supply of oxygen to identified government hospitals in the state. In addition, ITC is also importing oxygen concentrators and generators. ITC is also providing support for vaccination to value chain partners in the eco-system across the country.

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