With an increase in COVID – 19 cases, there is an increased need for priority medical care facilities for COVID-affected patients. Hindustan Zinc, committed to their Chairman's thought of giving back, has come out firmly in support of the Rajasthan government in its efforts to take both preventive and curative measures against the pandemic. The company is setting up a state-of-the-art ‘field hospital’ with a capacity of 100 critical care beds in Dariba at Hindustan Zinc's DAV school. The hospital will be located in the DAV school ground and is in addition to the support provided to the 300-bed hospital already being set up in DAV school premises.
Housed in air-conditioned tents with full electrical support, the 'field hospital' will be designed specifically for COVID care. The critical care facilities will have 20 beds equipped with oxygen support, while the remaining 80 ICU beds will have ventilator support. This is in addition to the DAV school air-conditioned infrastructure, continuous electricity, water supply, generator, and tender fire support availed to the health administration for COVID relief.
Mr. Arvind Poswal, District Collector, Rajsamandappreciated the efforts of Hindustan Zinc and said, “I express my sincere gratitude to HZL for setting up a dedicated 100 bed COVID hospital in Dariba which will be fully equipped with ventilators and other important medical instruments. It will help the underprivileged section of society in getting quality treatment and thus be a great service to humanity in this era of crisis. I hope this dedicated COVID hospital will prove to be a milestone in saving the lives of our people during the COVID 19 pandemic.”
Hindustan Zinc’s CEO, Mr. Arun Misra, said, "Hindustan Zinc stands united with the nation to provide any help for our communities in the fight against COVID. We have ramped up our efforts to support the government by providing a vaccination van and a daily supply of ~10T oxygen to hospitals and local authorities. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the health administration and provide this critical care facility of 100 beds for COVID patients, equipped with all necessary medical aid and ICU beds. Additionally, we are also working with local panchayats to regularly sanitize local communities and conduct awareness drives to prevent the spread of COVID. We will continue our support to overcome this pandemic together."
This is one more commendable initiative by the company towards COVID relief efforts for the people of Rajasthan. HZL is currently providing 5T of medical oxygen per day, while another 5T of oxygen is being supplied daily in cylinders through its oxygen bottling plant. The company has so far provided over 200T of oxygen to the district administration.
Across five districts of its operational areas, Hindustan Zinc is supporting local administration through critical care beds, necessary medical equipment, RTPCT machines, oxygen cylinders and supply, sanitization through hypochlorite solution, PPE kits as well as masks. Hindustan Zinc has provided over 4400 oxygen cylinders to date.