Key Message: “Capgemini commits Rupees 50 crore to augment medical infrastructure in India”
As India is fighting with the second wave of the death-dealing disease Covid-19, the mortality rate is soaring higher with each passing day. Due to the exceptionally high demand of medical equipment and facilities, India is facing tough challenges in saving the lives of its people. With the outbreak in 2019, India is now the global epicenter of the pandemic. Hospitals are packed and there is an acute shortage of medical grade oxygen, ICU, and ventilators for the patients. The doctors and the health workers are overwhelmed by the long working hours, scrambling for oxygen and other medical supplies, and reduced to begging for help on social media as the last resort. The crematoriums are open throughout the day as there is not enough space to burn the dead.
Capgemini is a French multinational company that offers technical, consulting, out-sourcing, and professional services. With the evolving era of clouds and digital platforms, the ever-changing and software needs of a firm can be taken care of by Capgemini. Headquartered in Paris, France, Capgemini is a global leader in the field of innovation. Capgemini has thirteen office locations in India. It drives the human resource effectively and converts business needs to technological advancements. It is widespread across 50 countries.
Capgemini has made a mark by fulfilling its social responsibility towards the society. It started a LEAP program (Livelihood Education through Action against Poverty). This program was aimed to train school and college dropouts for soft skills and skills that are essential to get employed. It started a drive to protect the environment from carbon emission and waste. Capgemini has made several donations to protect the survivors of natural disasters.
Capgemini has come forward with a plan of donating Rs 50 Crore-fund in these difficult times to reduce the COVID-19 crisis spread across the country. As the pandemic escalated in the last few months, Capgemini partners with the State Government Authorities and UNICEF to set up healthcare facilities. This commitment will be notwithstanding Capgemini’s Social Response Unit legal asset in India. Capgemini would be donating to the statutory fund of India to help the Government hospitals of the nation. This asset will be utilized to fabricate Covid-Care ICU facilities. In these troubled times of the oxygen crisis, Capgemini would be setting up oxygen generation plants and relief operations to provide the best medical care to the infected patients. These funds would be deployed to set up good medical infrastructure in cities where Capgemini is present.
“India is at the heart of what we do in Capgemini, and the health and safety of our employees and the communities we live in remain our top priority. This second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India has been particularly challenging, and we want to ensure all our support to fight this pandemic and come out stronger. At this critical time, we are committed to accelerating medical assistance in India through the Capgemini Social Response Unit. This fund will help to enhance the efforts of the Central and State authorities in building long-term medical infrastructure in India,” said Aiman Ezzat, CEO of Capgemini.
Similarly, Capgemini is moreover contributing Rupees 5 Crores to UNICEF to offer fast assistance across India for fundamental COVID-19 care. Capgemini would plant 3 oxygen generation plants across the nation. Moreover, they would set up RT-PCR testing machines to expand the public authority’s endeavors to battle against COVID-19.
“At Capgemini, we are fully committed to providing timely medical, financial, and emotional support to all our team members and their dependents during these unprecedented times. As we continue to support our colleagues, we are also striving to extend help to the communities we live in by providing access to critical care, which is required immediately for the fight against COVID-19 as well as medical needs in the coming years,” said Ashwin Yardi, CEO of Capgemini in India.
In 2020, under Capgemini’s social responsibility, its SRU gave 65 completely prepared ICU beds to three BMC medical clinics in Mumbai, just as 100 Oxygen Concentrators and 65 High Flow Nasal Cannulas to 15 government clinics across Bengaluru. These ICU beds, which are completely furnished with ventilators, ECG screens, and other basic ICU patient-observing gadgets, are presently being utilized to treat patients by Covid-19.