Bosch India handed over the medical aid received from its parent company, Robert Bosch GmbH to NITI Aayog as part of its initiative to combat the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India. The aid shipment includes 92 ventilators and 438 oxygen concentrators, 10 oxygen cylinders, and other medical supplies such as face masks and glass cannula from major manufacturers.
Bosch selected these certified products in consultation with the Indian Red Cross to ensure the doctors and medical staff can use the equipment without any additional training. The total shipment is valued approximately 1 million euros and is completely free of charge.
The consignment was handed over to Shri. Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer, NITI Aayog by Soumitra Bhattacharya, Managing Director, Bosch Limited and President of Bosch Group in India via a virtual event. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Bhattacharya said, “The second wave of COVID-19 pandemic has been far more damaging for the nation. As a socially responsible company, Bosch is already doing its part wherever possible. We are thankful to our parent company for helping the nation during such a difficult situation.”
Besides the current aid, Bosch India had pledged INR 50 crores last year for fighting the spread of COVID-19. This included an in-house manufacturing line of medical grade masks at its Naganathapura plant, which was inaugurated by Mr. Kant. Till date, more than 4 million masks have been distributed to COVID-19 warriors, municipal corporation workers, ASHA, and Anganwadi workers as well as several NGOs.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Kant commented, “I would like to sincerely thank Robert Bosch GmbH for extending its support by sending medical supplies to help India combat the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank the Indian consulate in Germany, Indian Red Cross and Bosch India who helped expedite this consignment in a swift and efficient manner. Bosch India has been consistently supporting central and state government through several initiatives and we appreciate their efforts to help India fight this pandemic.”
In addition to this, Bosch India has also invested in ventilator repairs, establishing COVID Care Centers, and upgrading primary healthcare centers around its facilities and is committed towards providing continued support and work with societal engagements during COVID while taking care of our employees, their families and the society at-large.