Hyderabad: The State Bank of India (SBI) has allocated Rs 71 crore, to undertake various support initiatives to help the country combat the second wave of Covid-19. The Bank has dedicated Rs 30 crore to set up 1,000 bed makeshift hospitals, 250 bed ICU facilities and 1,000 bed isolation facilities across some of the worst-hit States.
These facilities would be set up in collaboration with government hospitals and Municipal Corporations of the respective cities. The bank exploring partnerships for setting up makeshift hospitals. SBI will also contribute Rs 10 crore for genome-sequencing equipment/lab and vaccine research equipment/lab to the government.
Additionally, SBI has allocated Rs 21 crore to all its 17 Local Head Offices to address the urgent medical needs of the citizens including procuring life-saving healthcare equipment and enhancing the oxygen supply to hospitals.
Meanwhile, Capgemini also committed Rs 50 crore to build Covid care ICU facilities, oxygen generation plants, other long-term medical infrastructure and provide relief operations.
Capgemini is in discussions with various State government authorities to set up healthcare facilities across those cities where Capgemini has its presence. This contribution will be in addition to the Capgemini CSR statutory fund in India.
“This second wave of the Covid pandemic in India has been particularly challenging, and we want to ensure all our support to fight this pandemic and come out stronger. At this critical time, we are committed to accelerate medical assistance in India through the Capgemini Social Response Unit. This fund will help to enhance the efforts of the Central and State authorities in building long-term medical infrastructure in India,” Capgemini CEO Aiman Ezzat said in a statement.
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