New Delhi, Apr 16: Expediting it's vigil against the global pandemic of COVID-19, the state-run power giant NTPC has already utilised it's 45 hospitals and health units to make isolation facilities and procured the requisite equipment for the medical staff, to handle such cases effectively.
Acknowledging the call of Power Minister R K Singh, the NTPC Limited is working proactively to mitigate the impact of COVID19 by ensuring both the uninterrupted power supply and utilisation of it's infrastructure and CSR funds for humanitarian relief measures. About 168 isolation beds, with oxygen supply, have been created across all hospitals/health units and an additional 122 beds can be made available on need basis.
Two hospitals have been made ready for use by state governments to tackle COVID cases including the hospital at Badarpur in Delhi and medical college hospital of Sundergarh at Odisha. Availability and access to proper healthcare equipment is the need of the hour, a budget of nearly Rs three crore has been allocated for the procurement of equipment. At present, there are seven ventilators in NTPC's project hospitals, while 18 Advanced Level Ambulances with ventilators, another 18 ventilators and 520 IR thermometers are in the process of procurement for different hospitals.(UNI)