Hyderabad, May 26 : American India Foundation (AIF) on Tuesday delivered 100 ventilators to hospitals here which are providing care to patients facing COVID-19. The donations were made possible by Micron’s USD 1 million grant towards the pandemic in Telangana. Grace Cancer Foundation led by CEO Dr Chinnababu Sunkavalli, facilitated the initiative with the Telangana Government.
The ventilators were delivered to the Gandhi Hospital, Osmania Hospital and the Government Chest & General Hospital respectively, a statement here said. As part of the efforts to support health infrastructure needs in Telangana, 5000 PPE kits, comprising of N-95 Masks, coverall gowns, gloves, shoe covers, goggles, face shield, and disposable bags, have also been given to the hospitals to help protect and enable medical staff carry out services to those in need.
On the occasion, Telangana Health & Family Welfare Minister Etela Rajender who received the ventilators said, “Micron Foundation presented hundred ventilators to the state government. We will install 80 of these in Gandhi Hospital and ten each at Osmania Hospital and Chest Hospital. On occasions COVID patients collapse due to lack of ventilator care and these will benefit such patients getting the right treatment. In the past when patients from deprived sections sought care in private hospitals, they were fleeced of Rs 30000 to 40000 for ventilator care and ended up with huge debt burden. Now in future the poor can seek quality care in the Government hospitals without any financial burden on them. Micron Foundation, American India Foundation and Grace Cancer Foundation facilitated this donation and we are grateful to them,” the Minister said.
“Ventilators and PPE kits are critical supplies needed to treat patients and save lives,” said Anand Ramamoorthy, Managing Director of Micron India. “Micron’s commitment to our communities runs deep, and we hope our support for these hospitals will help the region prepare for the expected increase in COVID-19 cases, and improve patient treatment and recovery.”
Mr Mathew Joseph, Country Director of the American India Foundation added, “We have leveraged our robust network of NGO partners and worked with the Government of Telangana to ensure Micron’s generous donation has a measurable impact on the ground. In the next phase, we are intensifying efforts to focus on vulnerable communities in an outreach that will cover over 14000 needy people, including women, children, elderly and persons with disabilities who are at the highest risk of catching infection,” the statement said. (UNI)