Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Tuesday virtually launched Vedanta group company ESL Steel’s 100-bed COVID facility in Bokaro in the presence of Vedanta Chairman Anil Agarwal. The state-of-the-art hospital set up ESL, a national steel player in the Vedanta Group, is aimed at ramping up the medical infrastructure so that people from the marginalized sections in the region have access to medical care facilities free of cost.
Jharkhand Chief Minister, Hemant Soren, Health Minister, Mr Banna Gupta along with entire State Administration, DC and the entire District Administration for their support, Member of Parliament PN Singh, SAIL Director Ic Amarendu Prakash, Civil Sergeon Dr. Ashok Pathak and his medical team attended the inaugural event. Sauvick Mazumdar, CEO of Vedanta’s Iron & Steel Business and NL Vhatte, CEO of ESL Steel, were also present.
The 100-bed Vedanta Cares Field Hospital in Bokaro is equipped with best-in-class medical infrastructure including oxygen and ventilator for critical patients. It includes 10 ICU beds, 10 step-down ICUs, 40 child-care units equipped with oxygen and 40 oxygenated beds for Covid patients. The field hospital will operate as an extension of Sadar Hospital, Bokaro and patients will be under the watchful eyes of some of the most experienced and reliable doctors in the district.
With the launch of this new medical facility, Vedanta has completed 5 Vedanta Cares field hospitals in Delhi NCR, Naya Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Barmer (Rajasthan), Chitradurga (Karnataka) and Bokaro (Jharkhand). The company has committed to set up 10 field hospitals with 1,000 COVID care beds across India to support the central and state governments in combatting Covid-19, and the remaining projects are in the final stages of completion.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren said, “I congratulate and wholeheartedly thank the Vedanta Group and Chairman Mr Anil Agarwal for building this fully-equipped hospital in such a limited time frame. I am sure that this hospital will turn out to be a Covid relief centre for not just Bokaro but also people from nearby districts like Giridih, Dhanbad and Ramgarh. My government is committed to building a health corridor in Jharkhand. I wish to free the state of Jharkhand from Covid as well as many other diseases like malnutrition and tuberculosis. Also, in addition to health, we would also be focused on education, rural empowerment, industrial development with continued support from groups like Vedanta.”
Vedanta Chairman Anil Agarwal said, “I congratulate ESL Steel Limited for coming up with this state-of-the-art facility which is no less than a specialty hospital. Complete with ACs and all medical apparatus, the hospital is going to be highly supportive in dealing with the deadly second wave of the pandemic. The hospital has experienced doctors who will be helping the patients recover and offer consultations for free. I offer them all the support in future. I am extremely grateful to the Jharkhand Government for showing faith in us and supporting us throughout.”
According to Sauvick Mazumdar, CEO, Iron & Steel business, Vedanta, “Care for the community and our people is our topmost priority. During this unprecedented situation posed due to COVID pandemic, the entire Vedanta family under the visionary leadership of our Chairman is contributing relentlessly. Coupled with several other continuing relief initiatives, this hospital project is yet another step towards supporting our state government and the people of Jharkhand during this pandemic.”
ESL Steel CEO NL Vhatte said: “I express my sincere gratitude to the state government and district administration for their instrumental support for completion of this COVID hospital project at Bokaro and other people who worked relentlessly over this project. We will continue with our relentless covid relief work to support the State & Local Administration and the people of the state of Jharkhand.”
ESL has been at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic. The steel major has recently provided 1500 oxygen regulators to the Jharkhand Health Minister Mr. Banna Gupta. The company has been supplying liquid oxygen in Bihar and other states as well.
ESL Steel is not just a caring brand for society but also for its employees, their families, and business partners as well. The company has been holding vaccine drives at its plant so that all its eligible ESL members can be protected. It has already administered the vaccine to a majority of its employees and is going steady in ensuring that everyone gets both their shots on time.