In the fight against COVID-19, Mercedes-Benz India will structure a temporary hospital with isolation wards in Chakan Khed
Besides all Mercedes-Benz India employees voluntary donating a month’s salary to Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief fund, the company will be creating a 1500 patient capacity medical facility in collaboration with Zila Parishad in Mhalunge-Ingale village. The partnership with local authorities will help speed up the process. The facility will have isolation wards for COVID-19 patients, and the company will also provide logistics to setup these wards. Additionally Mercedes-Benz will also be helping 1600 families across Khed and Viman Nagar area by providing them dry rations and sanitary kits. Post serving its immediate purpose, the facility’s medical equipment will be given to Civil Hospital of Khed, and other assets from isolation wards will go to tribal youth hostels for use. The company has also donated ventilators to the Grant Medical Foundation(Ruby Hall Clinic).
Zila Parishad will be assisted by providing all required infrastructure for setting up a temporary OPD, stay, stretchers, wheel chairs and crucially PPE kits. Martin Schwenk, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India stated “The new medical facility will help support the local authorities and the people of the region with healthcare in the coming times, if the situation worsens. We stand together with our community and it remains our endeavor to support them and the authorities in every possible way”. The creation of the facility will help the immediate situation, with its critical use even after the COVID-19 situation comes under control. All necessary equipment will then be donated for further use. All family support is commenced under Mercedes-Benz India’s partner NGO, Shashwat Trust and Ashraya Initiatives for children.