HNExpress Staff Reporter : ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth (ICICI Foundation), the CSR arm of the ICICI Group, today announced that it is donating over 300 oxygen concentrators to help augment critical health infrastructure in semi-urban and rural areas of West Bengal. ICICI Foundation is providing these machines free-of-cost to sub-divisional hospitals spread across 14 districts in the state. These include Purba Medinipur, Howrah, Hooghly, Paschim Medinipur, Alipurduar, Bankura, Birbhum, Jalpaiguri, Jhargram, Nadia, Paschim Bardhaman, Purba Bardhaman, Purulia and South 24 Parganas. The donation is aimed at providing citizens in these regions with immediate oxygen support in the event of a medical emergency.
This is part of ICICI Foundation’s initiative to donate 1800 oxygen concentrators to hospitals in the tough terrain of the Himalayan belt and remote tribal areas of the country in 2021-22. ICICI Foundation is providing these concentrators free-of-cost to over 700 sub-divisional hospitals spread across nearly 175 districts in 17 states.
ICICI Foundation has procured these high-quality oxygen concentrators from BPL Medical Technologies and Phillips India. These companies have an extensive service network across the country, which shall ensure prompt and efficient maintenance support for the machines, as and when required. Further, the Foundation is also providing a power back up system so that the concentrators can filter and produce medical-grade oxygen uninterrupted even in case of a power breakdown.
ICICI Foundation has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BPL Medical Technologies to co-create a specialised skill training module on installation and servicing of oxygen concentrators. This module will be part of the curriculum being offered by ICICI Academy For Skills, a part of ICICI Foundation, that imparts pro bono vocational training to lesser privileged youth. Post training, the successful trainees can earn livelihood by servicing oxygen concentrators.
Mr. Saurabh Singh, President, ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth said, “ICICI Group has a long-standing legacy of contributing to nation-building and taking care of the well-being of citizens. Since the outbreak of pandemic, ICICI Group has undertaken relief activity in over 551 districts across all states and union territories of the country. The Group has spent Rs 200 crore to support the nation in its fight against the pandemic. The donation includes the Group’s contribution to the ‘PM Cares Fund’, supply of materials like ventilators, sanitisers, masks and personal protective equipment to state governments as well as local authorities, and upgrading medical infrastructure in several parts of the country. As part of this effort, the Foundation has set up of 17 oxygen plants, contributed nearly 100 ventilators and provided 30 ambulances. Now, it is donating 1800 high-quality oxygen concentrators to sub-divisional hospitals located in the Himalayan belt and remote tribal areas of the country. This initiative aims to make critical emergency heath support immediately accessible to residents in the small towns of these regions. We believe that this initiative will contribute significantly in our battle against the pandemic, especially in the challenging terrains and remote areas of our country.
Our partnership with BPL Medical Technologies will help in skilling lesser privileged youth to service oxygen concentrators. During the recent ferocious wave of COVID-19, large numbers of oxygen concentrators have been deployed across the country, which will need periodic maintenance across their lifecycle. This opens up a new opportunity for livelihood in the field of servicing these equipment. The skill training modules customised for servicing of oxygen concentrators will plug this gap for maintenance and will provide livelihood for underprivileged youth.”