Wipro Converts Entire Pune Campus Into 450-Bed COVID-19 Hospital!
With a view to help the Maharashtra Government tackle the COVID-19 health crisis, the Wipro Ltd of IT czar Azim Hashim Premji has converted its IT facility in Pune into a 450-bed dedicated COVID-19 hospital.
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The Back Story!
In the first week of May, Wipro and the Maharashtra Government had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to repurpose its IT facility in Pune as a COVID-19 hospital. Wipro has completed the work in about a month of signing MoU.
In early April, Wipro Ltd, Wipro Enterprises Ltd and Azim Premji Foundation, together committed Rs 1,125 crore towards tackling the unprecedented health and humanitarian crisis.
Instead of donating the amount to the PM Cares Fund, Wipro decided to help enable the dedicated medical and service fraternity in the frontline of the battle against the pandemic in different parts of the country. It was observed that Wipro’s contribution could not get much space in TV and print media.
In April, Pune’s renowned edupreneur PA Inamdar had converted the 9000-square feet space of the grand mosque of his Azam Campus into a quarantine facility.
According to a statement by Wipro after signing the MoU, the 450-bed hospital, to be equipped to treat moderate cases, will include 12 beds to stabilise critical patients before shifting them to a tertiary care facility. This is an independent, isolated Covid-19 dedicated complex that also includes 24 rooms to accommodate doctors and medical staff.
Wipro’s IT Facility Converted Into A COVID-19 Hospital!
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray inaugurated the hospital through online interaction on Thursday, June 11 .
The office of Maharashtra CM in Marathi with photos of the inauguration took to Twitter to announce, “Chief Minister Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray today inaugurated the well-equipped Covid Hospital set up by Wipro at Hinjewadi, Pune.”
Wipro Chairman Rishad Premji thanked the CM saying,“Thank you to the Hon’ble CM of Maharashtra, Shri Uddhav ji for inaugurating Wipro’s repurposed campus into a 450 bed Covid 19 hospital in Pune. Thanks to the Govt of Maharashtra for their deep support in enabling a one-month turnaround.”
Rishad Premji had said, “We are completely committed to supporting the country’s response to the pandemic and believe that we must all work together to deal with this crisis and minimise its human impact. We stand firmly with the Government of Maharashtra in its battle against COVID-19.”
Thanking Wipro’s effort, Maharashtra CM said, “This humanitarian contribution by Wipro will further strengthen our medical infrastructure and benefit the medical fraternity who are at the forefront of our fight against the pandemic.”
Wipro has decided to provide physical infrastructure, medical furniture and equipment besides appointing an administrator and skeletal support staff to help operationalise the hospital quickly with the required medical professionals.