Vedanta supplies 2000 oxygen cylinders to Odisha for COVID treatment

Bhubaneswar: Vedanta Aluminium is providing filled medical oxygen cylinders to the Odisha government as part of its support in the fight against the second wave of the COVID pandemic.

A total of 2000 oxygen cylinders will be supplied as part of this initiative.

The medical oxygen cylinders were handed over to the state government on Thursday in Bhubaneswar in the presence of Nitin Jawale, Managing Director –Industrial Promotion & Investment Corporation of Odisha Limited (IPICOL) and Yamini Sarangi, Odisha State Medical Corporation Limited (OSMCL).

Senior officials from the state government and Vedanta Ltd were also present on the occasion.

On this occasion, Rahul Sharma, Dy. CEO – Aluminium Business, Vedanta Ltd., said, “Vedanta stands firmly with the people of Odisha in the fight against COVID. As part of our efforts, we have supplied the oxygen cylinders to the state government so that uninterrupted oxygen supply is maintained for treatment of COVID patients.

In the first wave of the pandemic, we made efforts towards controlling the spread of the disease across our operations by ensuring the safety and well-being of our employees and the communities and supported the government healthcare authorities in their efforts. We are committed to support the government in this critical situation and mitigate the health hazards posed by the second wave of the pandemic.”

Appreciating Vedanta’s initiatives, Nitin Jawale said, “Oxygen is now a critical requirement in saving the lives of the COVID-affected people. In such a crucial situation, it is appreciable that Vedanta has come forward and has taken the efforts to supply the oxygen cylinders to the government. This reflects on the responsibility and commitment of Vedanta towards the people of Odisha. Vedanta has always been at the forefront to support the government authorities – both at the local operational level as well as the state level.”

The company has plans to further augment COVID management efforts by the state government by setting up about 300 bed COVID care facilities in Odisha.

In its areas of operations, Vedanta is supporting the District COVID Hospital at Jharsuguda in treating the affected populace from the region.

In Bhawanipatna at Kalahandi district, the companyrecently provided 10,000 RT PCR testing kits to the District Government Hospital.

Vedanta is also aiding local administrations in carrying out vaccination drives in the periphery of its plants.