Mumbai, May 6
The Wipro Limited, a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Maharashtra Government to set up a 450-bed intermediary care COVID-19 hospital at its information technology campus in Hinjewadi, Pune (Maharashtra) on Tuesday.
The MOU was signed between Wipro Ltd and Maharashtra Government, in presence of Collector and District Magistrate Pune Naval Kishore Ram, Chief Executive Officer, Pune Zilla Parishad Ayush Prasad and Senior Vice President and Global Head-Operations, Hari Prasad Hedge, on behalf of the Wipro Limited.
On the occasion, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said, this humanitarian contribution by Wipro will further strengthen state’s medical infrastructure and benefit the medical fraternity who are at the forefront of the fight against pandemic.
The 450-bed hospital will be ready within 4 weeks and will be equipped to treat moderate cases. The hospital will have 12 beds to stabilise critical patients before shifting them to a tertiary care facility. This will be an independent, isolated COVID-19 dedicated complex and will also include 24 well-appointed rooms to accommodate doctors and medical staff. Wipro will provide the physical infrastructure, medical furniture, and equipments, besides appointing an administrator and skeletal support staff to help operationalize the hospital quickly with the required medical professionals. The hospital will be converted back to an IT facility after a year.
“ 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 Maharashtra Government in its battle against COVID-19, Wipro Limited Chairman Rishad Premji, said on the occasion.
The Wipro Ltd, Wipro Enterprises Ltd and Azim Premji Foundation, together have contributed Rs 1,125 crore to tackle the unprecedented health and humanitarian crisis arising from the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. These resources will help enable the dedicated medical and service fraternity in the frontline of the battle against the pandemic and in mitigating its wide ranging human impact.
Wipro and Azim Premji Foundation are also carrying out COVID-19 related humanitarian and healthcare relief work in Maharashtra including Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad(Waluj), Jalgaon(Amalner), Ahmednagar, Akola, Beed, Chandrapur, and Gadchiroli.
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