The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many essential workers, especially those in healthcare, to take unprecedented steps to protect public health. These incredible efforts have strained the resources and supplies these ‘Healthcare Heroes’ need in order to treat affected individuals.
All the countries around the world are currently fighting the disease, and therefore it is critically vital for hospitals to have an abundant supply of personal protection equipment (PPE) to ensure doctors, nurses, and other healthcare staff can safely continue to work without risk to their health.
At such an unsettling situation of virus outbreak is, it has been inspirational to see the Pune community come together and fight it. Heeding Prime Minister Modi’s call to celebrate the contributions of essential workers, Icertis began asking around to find out how to celebrate and support these vital members of the community. The company realised that early assistance would have the most impact, and therefore decided to ensure healthcare providers have access to PPE throughout the crisis will be essential to Pune in order to win the battle against COVID-19.
Every day, Icertians gather to share a community meal, which is fully funded by the company. But with their recent decision of asking employees to work from home, they thought “why not make these meal-related funds available to support our broader community?” Therefore, in partnership with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), Icertis decided to donate the four-weeks of lunch money, a total of ₹25 lakh, to ensure the safety of doctors, nurses and staff at Naidu Hospital. I am also thankful that the PMC leadership responded quickly and directed our efforts to areas with the most impact.
Naidu Hospital is Pune’s designated COVID-19 hospital, and its healthcare professionals are responsible for the testing, treating and well-being of quarantined patients. These brave doctors, nurses, and hospital staff, who are working round the clock, must take every precaution to remain safe from the infection. This contribution from Icertians will help provide them:
- Personal protection equipment, including N95 masks, gowns, and gloves
- Hand sanitizer dispensers
- Viral transport media (VTM) kits, which protect test samples in transit to the lab
In response to Icertis’ contribution, Shekhar Gaikwad, IAS, Commissioner of PMC; Rubal Agarwal, IAS, Additional Commissioner of PMC; and Dr Ramchandra Hankare, PMC’s health chief, stated, “On behalf of the PMC and the Naidu Hospital staff, please pass along our thanks to your Icertis colleagues – this generous contribution will help our front-line teams immensely as we unite as a community to fight this virus.”
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