Mahindra plans to start making ventilators to assist with coronavirus, Covid-19 pandemic

Dubai - "We need to create scores of temporary hospitals & we have a scarcity of ventilators"

By Web Report

Published: Sun 22 Mar 2020, 6:16 PM

Last updated: Sun 22 Mar 2020, 8:50 PM

Anand Mahindra has offered to create temporary facilities to assist with the coronavirus, Covid-19 outbreak.
To date India has reported 360 positive cases of Covid-19. On Sunday, March 22nd, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the 14-hour "Janata curfew" which is a self-imposed quarantine from 7 am to 9 pm to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Covid-19 infections.
PM Modi tweeted a few minutes prior to the "Janata curfew" came into effect. "Let us all be a part of this curfew, which will add tremendous strength to the fight against COVID-19 menace. The steps we take now will help in the times to come".
Even though the curfew came into effect, Anand Mahindra's tweets on Sunday read: "Going by various reports from epidemiologists, it is highly likely that India is already in Stage 3 of transmission. Cases could rise exponentially with millions of casualties, putting a huge strain on medical infrastructure.

A lockdown over the next few weeks will help flatten the curve & moderate the peak pressure on medical care. However, we need to create scores of temporary hospitals & we have a scarcity of ventilators."  Mahindra also went on to say that the Mahindra Group will immediately begin work on how their manufacturing facilities can make ventilators. "At Mahindra Holidays, we stand ready to offer our resorts as temporary care facilities. Our Projects team stands ready to assist the Govt/Army in erecting temporary care facilities.
The Mahindra Foundation will create a fund to assist the hardest hit in our value chain (small business & the self-employed). We will encourage associates to voluntary contribute to the Fund." Furthermore, he mentioned that he will contribute 100% of his own salary to the project and will add more over the next few months.
He also went on to advise various businesses to set aside contributes to those who are the hardest hit in their ecosystem.

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