Vedanta, India’s leading producer of metals and oil & gas, continues to support the government in the battle against the second wave of COVID-19. The company has so far supplied over 15 Lakh Litres of oxygen to hospitals to support the Centre and the States meet the acute shortage in many parts of the country
As part of the Vedanta Cares initiative, the company has set up 1,410 critical care beds across 21 hospitals to lend a helping hand to ailing patients, especially from the marginalised sections. Vedanta has also provided 502 oxygen concentrators and supplied more than 10,500 PPE kits to safeguard health professionals and community workers.
During the second phase of the pandemic, Vedanta has expanded its CSR initiatives across 516 villages, thereby impacting the lives of around 4.5 lakh people across the country.
According to Vedanta Group CEO Sunil Duggal: “At Vedanta, we are committed to supplement the government’s efforts and support community members who are affected by the pandemic. We are ensuring there is enough supply of oxygen by setting up special plants and procuring oxygen cylinders and portable ventilators. We are already taking pre-emptive and preventive measures in case of any signs of a third wave, as part of our disaster management protocol. We will continue to support relief efforts to the best of our ability”.
Vedanta firms Hindustan Zinc, ESL and Sesa Goa Iron Ore have been ramping up oxygen supplies to Covid-19 patients as part of its Vedanta Cares initiative. Vedanta Aluminium’s Lanjigarh unit, HZL and ESL have built special Oxygen plants in order to increase the supply and make oxygen readily available. The total oxygen supplied by HZL and ESL, whether through their own plant or procured cylinders, is currently around 240 MT and 490 MT respectively. Vedanta Sesa Goa Iron Ore Business has committed to provide 3 tonnes of free Liquid Medical oxygen per day from Value Added Business (VAB) at Amona.
Sterlite Copper, which has one of the largest oxygen facilities in the country at Tuticorin, has supplied a total of over 600 MT of oxygen from its Tuticorin units to meet the rising demand.
According to Shashi Prakash Singh, Sub-Divisional Officer, Bokaro: “Vedanta ESL has supported us immensely by providing us an array of medical equipment from oxygen concentrators to masks, to fight coronavirus. The organization has assured us that there will be no scarcity of medical oxygen. Their persistent efforts and support have helped the administration in ensuring better health of the communities here.”
Dr Lal Mohan Routray, CDM & PHO, Jharsuguda district, said:
“Vedanta has always stood with the district administration and people of Jharsuguda in the fight against the Covid pandemic. Their support in operating district Covid hospital is significant. From arrangements of beds, ventilators, medicines, Oxygen cylinders, ambulance, to a full-time dedicated DG is extremely crucial in saving the lives of our people. We stand together in this fight.”
In a bid to support the local communities, Vedanta is providing hospital care and medical facilities, Covid care centres, providing vaccinations and medical equipment for critical care, like ventilators, ICU beds etc.in every location where it operates. Vedanta has set up state-of-the-art Covid care facilities to cater to affected communities across the country. The company has already vaccinated over 84,000 employees, business partners and family members across the group.