New Delhi: Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), a Hyderabad based Defence PSU and the Indian Army have joined hands to fight COVID-19 in Secunderabad. An effort in this direction is the installation of an oxygen generator plant at the Military Hospital in Secunderabad. BDL has installed an Oxygen generator plant having a capacity of 960 litres per minute, which is equivalent to 170 to 220 cylinders per day, at Military Hospital, under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative. The Oxygen plant has been jointly inaugurated at Military Hospital by BDL’s CMD Commodore Siddharth Mishra (Retd); Lt Gen A Arun, GOC (Dakshin Bharat Area.); Lt Gen RK Singh, GOC, Telangana and Andhra Sub Area; N Srinivasulu, BDL, Director (Finance) and senior officials from BDL and Indian Army were present on the occasion.
One of the significant features of the Oxygen generator plant is that it has an in-built manifold for secondary oxygen supply to address in case of power failure, unit mal-function etc.
Earlier, as a part of its CSR initiative, BDL has made several contributions to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic which includes:-
1. Organising COVID-19 awareness programme in Aspirational Districts like Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh and Bhupalpally and Kothagudem in Telangana.
2. The contributions for the construction of 1,000 bedded COVID-19 specialised hospital in New Delhi, the contribution for the construction of Atal Bihari Vajpayee COVID-19 Hospital at Lucknow.
3. The procurement and handing over of 96 nos. of Deep Freezers to the Commissioner, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Hyderabad, Telangana.
4. Contribution for oxygen support at Visakhapatnam Institute of Medical Sciences, Visakhapatnam.
Speaking on the occasion, BDL's CMD said that this plant will be useful for needy people and is the first of the four oxygen plants of the same capacity. The other three are planned at Kondapur Govt. District Hospital, King Koti Government District Hospital and ESIC Medical College Hospital, Hyderabad. He also stated that these initiatives will go a long way in fighting against COVID-19 in the country, in general, and in the state in particular.
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