Hindustan Zinc (HZL), a Vedanta Group company, is headquartered at Udaipur in the State of Rajasthan where it has its Zinc-Lead mines and smelting complexes. In continuation of its efforts to meet the shortage of Oxygen in hospitals of Rajasthan, the company has gone a step further and especially imported and brought 500 oxygen concentrators for the state.
The Oxygen Concentrators were handed over to Ashok Gehlot, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, by Hindustan Zinc in a virtual programme in the presence of Vedanta Group Chairman – Anil Agarwal, Vedanta CEO – Sunil Duggal and Hindustan Zinc CEO – Arun Misra. During the ceremony, the first tranche of 200 Oxygen concentrators were also given to the district administrations of Ajmer, Bhilwara, Chittorgarh, Rajsamand and Udaipur.
These Oxygen concentrators will help those whose saturation levels range between 88-92 during the time of respiratory distress. It could be one of the solutions to the short supply of oxygen beds in hospitals or outside hospitals.
CM of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot said, “I appreciate the support that Vedanta has been providing under the leadership of Anil Agarwal ji. In today’s circumstances, the coronavirus infection situation in the state has been controlled to a great extent with the joint efforts of government and private sectors like Hindustan Zinc and Cairn. These 500 concentrators, oxygen plant & cylinders, vaccination van, hospitals and medical equipment provided to us by you & your team for the communities in the time of need will aid in our fight against this pandemic. I am also happy to know that you would want to volunteer in helping us to conduct a vaccination drive in Rajasthan.”
Anil Agarwal – Chairman Vedanta Resources said, “I am deeply concerned about the impact that the second wave of Covid-19 has created in our lives and around us. Vedanta group stands firmly with our people and the government in these difficult times and we are committed to extending all our support across the nation in this fight against the pandemic. Rajasthan has always been extremely close to my heart and through Hindustan Zinc and Cairn India, we will continue to ensure that oxygen and hospital beds are made available and supplied on priority from our units to the administration. Our teams on-ground will continue to extend aid to the state, and I believe that we will collectively overcome this crisis.”
Arun Misra, CEO Hindustan Zinc said “We at Hindustan Zinc have been actively supporting the state government and our local communities across Rajasthan with various COVID relief measures that include providing an insulated vaccination van, medical equipment, RTPCR testing machines, regular sensitization & sanitization of villages, building multi-bed, fully equipped field hospitals and a continuous supply of both liquid oxygen as well as refilling O2 cylinders.”
Since the 2nd wave of pandemic, Hindustan Zinc has spent over Rs 28 crores to ensure COVID-19 relief for the people. The company has set up an oxygen bottling plant at its Dariba unit (Rajsamand district) in a record time of 5 days earlier this month and since then has supplied over 10,000 cylinders of medical oxygen. Hindustan Zinc has also supported the local authorities with over ~160 MT of liquid oxygen thus providing a total of ~260 MT oxygen till date.
The company is setting up a ‘field hospital’ with a capacity of 100 critical care beds in Dariba, Rajsamand. This is in addition to the support provided to the district administration to set up a 350-bed hospital in DAV school premises.
Earlier this year, Hindustan Zinc provided an insulated vaccine van to the Udaipur district medical health office to support smooth vaccination drive. The company has even extended support to the Local Health Administrations, by disinfecting villages by spraying & fumigating with Sodium Hypochlorite solution and providing medical gear like masks, sanitizers & Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).
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