BHUBANESWAR, JUNE 29, 2021
Vedanta Aluminium, India’s largest producer of aluminium and its value-added products, has dedicated a second COVID facility to the people of Odisha, developed at Eklavya Model Residential School, in Deogarh. With the new COVID facility at Deogarh, and a similar one at Kalahandi, Vedanta has added 300 critical care beds to bolster Odisha’s medical infrastructure, aiding the state’s efforts to provide timely and proper care to the critically ailing patients.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik opened the hospital to public in a virtual ceremony, in the presence of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Vedanta Group Chairman Anil Agarwal, and Vedanta CEO (Aluminium Business) Rahul Sharma.
Set up under the aegis of the Anil Agarwal Foundation, both hospitals have been funded by Vedanta Aluminium and will be managed by the Odisha government.
The COVID facility at Deogarh has 100 beds and is fully oxygenated with 12 Intensive Care Units (ICU), 32 High Dependency Units (HDU), a Paediatric COVID ICU, and a dedicated team of doctors and medical staff to render medical services to the patients. The new hospital is the last of Vedanta’s COVID field hospitals and facilities established across the country. Vedanta has set up more than 1000 critical care beds across India, of which Odisha has been supported with one of the highest number of beds.
Dedicating the hospital to public, the Odisha Chief Minister said, “With the support of Vedanta Group, we had started a 200-bed hospital at Kalahandi, and today we dedicated a 100-bed hospital at Deogarh. I thank Mr. Anil Agarwal and Vedanta Management for coming forward as a corporate partner in our fight against COVID.”
“I thank Mr. Anil Agrawal and the Vedanta Management for promptly accepting our proposal to set up a COVID Hospital at a remote place like Deogarh. This will go a long way towards fighting COVID in Odisha. I consider your gesture as true corporate social responsibility and thank you for the same,” Union PNG and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
Anil Agarwal, Executive Chairman – Vedanta Group, said, “The Deogarh COVID Hospital is our humble contribution to the people Odisha, with whom we have had a long and enriching association. The Vedanta Cares Field Hospital project is our flagship initiative to lend much needed support to India in the fight against COVID, and I am pleased that we have delivered upon that commitment. I thank all host state governments for their unequivocal support which helped us fast-track this project and set up facilities across the country in only a month’s time. May they become a strong support in the nation’s fight against COVID and help keep our people safe.”
“The COVID-19 hospital at Deogarh is Vedanta Aluminium’s second such facility developed in partnership with the Government of Odisha. Vedanta Aluminium will continue to extend its support and resources to aid the state government and district administrations through this critical situation,” Rahul Sharma said.
Through its Aluminium Business, Vedanta has already vaccinated nearly 30,000 people in its ecosystem, including employees, business partners and their family members residing in Odisha.