3M India, Volvo Group & Hitachi ABB augmented a 56 bed ICU facility at the Sir CV Raman General Hospital and Embassy REIT and partners Blackstone, ANZ, Swiss Re Foundation and McAfee handed over a 24 bed ICU facility at Epidemic Diseases Hospital under the CII Karnataka COVID-19 Taskforce

Amidst the ongoing pandemic, members of CII have once again stepped up to combat Covid, in partnership with the Karnataka State Government. A 56-bed ICU facility at Sir CV Raman Nagar Hospital and 24 ICU beds at the Epidemic Hospital were inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri B S Yediyurappa virtually.

The 56 bed ICU facility at the CV Raman General Hospital has been augmented & sponsored by 3M India, Volvo Group India Pvt. Ltd., and Hitachi ABB Power Grids with the technical expertise from Columbia Asia Hospitals and is expected to be operational soon.

With these 56 beds, Sir CV Raman Hospital will now have a total of 76 beds in their intensive care unit. This is also an outcome of the interactions between Confederation of Indian Industry and the Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar post which CII had initiated the industry working group – where above-mentioned industry members of CII have come together with a vision of strengthening the medical infrastructure of the State’s health-care ecosystem.

All lifesaving Medical Equipment like Patient monitors, Crash cart, IV Poles, Defibrillator, Medical Gas Accessories, Flow meters / Suction Apparatus, Neonatal Resuscitation Kit, Infusion pump, ECG machine, Syringe Pumps, EtCO2 machines and other necessary equipment were procured by the three companies to be deployed at the augmented ICU at Sir CV Raman General Hospital. Critical devices like Ventilators and Bi-Paps, etc., were tested and ensured functionality before the final installation. Four Central Monitoring Systems have also been installed, which will make the facility easy to be monitored remotely. Any authorised intensivist will be able to monitor patients remotely and guide the course of treatment.

Dr. Radhakrishna, Superintendent and nodal officer, Sir CV Raman hospital, has been spearheading the project with necessary support from the hospital.

Speaking at the inauguration, Mr. Ramesh Ramadurai, Chairman, CII Karnataka & Managing Director, 3M India, said: “The magnitude of distress caused by the pandemic cannot be understated. 3M India has been working within our communities since 2020 to ensure that we contribute to alleviate distress of those worst impacted. We were enthusiastic in answering the call from CII on behalf of the Government of Karnataka, to partner with like-minded organisations in augmenting beds and equipment for the Sir C V Raman Hospital. We wish to thank CII, the technical experts from Columbia Asia and the administrative staff of Sir C V Raman Hospital for the opportunity and the collaboration. We rise by lifting others.”

The other 24 ICU Beds at the Epidemic Hospital were contributed by Embassy Office Parks REIT (‘Embassy REIT’), and corporate partners Blackstone, ANZ, Swiss Re Foundation and McAfee, under the leadership of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry). In response to the Chief Minister’s appeal for corporates to join hands in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, the partners donated much-needed life-saving equipment and manpower assistance.

This is the second ICU facility committed by Embassy REIT and their partners, with the REIT managing the initiative to liaise with the Health Department to identify the requirements of the hospital, shortlisting suppliers for the life-saving medical equipment, and raising funds towards activating this relief initiative. This project was facilitated and aided by NGOs, Round Table India and Bangalore North Table Trust 25. The ICU facility will also benefit from HR backing from Cloudphysician and LabourNet with the support of Azim Premji Foundation for a period of three months.

The industry members had earlier committed their wholehearted support to the Government fighting COVID 19 in Karnataka.