Vedanta ESL touches more than one lakh lives with multiple COVID initiatives

RNS: With the Jharkhand Government aiming to build a health corridor in the state, ESL Steel has aligned itself to enhance the health infrastructure of the state and help it in dealing with the second wave of the pandemic. Also supporting Vedanta’s commitment to the health and safety of each of its employees, community members and business partners, ESL Steel Limited has taken all possible steps to keep all its stakeholders safe from this pandemic.

N. L. Vhatte, CEO, ESL Steel Limited said, “Apart from providing oxygen to Jharkhand and adjoining states, ESL is making every effort to fight this pandemic. For us, our priority is to vaccinate all employees, community members and their families.”

“So far, we have vaccinated 4,000 of our employees and their families. By supporting the SHG women, ESL is empowering them so that they can fight this epidemic,” added Vhatte.

Besides that, a continuous sanitization process is going on in the plant. We are also helping the government during these tough times and hope to overcome this epidemic very soon.

In collaboration with the District Administration and the Health Department, a vaccination camp was held at the Vedanta Cares COVID Field Hospital last week. The camp, which saw active participation, catered to people between the age group of 18 – 44 years. ESL plans to hold more of these in the future too, said an official.

ESL has pledged to continue serving the government, community, and its employees through its initiatives. The process of supplying oxygen to various places is still in progress. ESL’s COVID Task Force team is serving the nation with all possible efforts. The management is taking all possible steps to keep the employees of the company safe in this difficult situation, said the official.

ESL is committed to the security and safety of its individual employees, community members as well as mass; has made every possible effort to ensure them safety from the epidemic. On this we have erected a 100 bed hospital (temporary) at Library Ground, sector 5 in Bokaro. Recently, Chief Minister, Hemant Soren virtually inaugurated the 100-bed Vedanta COVID Care Field Hospital. The hospital has 10 ICU beds, 10 stand-down ICUs, 40 child care units and 40 oxygen beds for COVID patients, official said.

Together with the District and State Administration, the steel major has been constantly rolling out newer initiatives to help tide over the second wave of the pandemic that has wreaked havoc across India.

Following the requirements of the government, ESL Steel Limited has delivered about 500 oxygen cylinders during the pandemic period. Simultaneously, about 500 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen has been supplied to Jharkhand, Bihar and Punjab. Other than that, ESL is committed to providing 5500 oxygen regulators to the District and State Government.

Earlier we have supported the District Administration by distributing food, refreshments, and dry ration to more than 80,100 beneficiaries. ESL’s CSR team has organised six vaccination camps so far and vaccinated 579 villagers. The company has delivered life-saving equipment to the CSE Hospital, Chandankiyari, Bokaro and held COVID awareness and prevention campaigns in 20 villages among its stakeholders such as community, activists, and PRI members, he said.

Additionally, the steel major distributed masks and sanitizers among them as a token of care. ESL has vaccinated nearly 4,000 of its employees and business partners through multiple camps held within the company’s plant premises.

For ESL, its employees are a priority. The company has distributed more than 3,000 PPE kits to its workforce, District Administration, State Government and frontline workers during the pandemic.

About 5,050 sanitizer bottles have been distributed to ESL workers, nearby villages and the government. ESL considers its employees its strength, with whose cooperation and courage today ESL is moving ahead by overcoming all the difficult situations.

Commanding ESL’s efforts, Vedanta Chairman, Anil Agarwal said, “Safety of our employees and society at large is our priority. I appreciate all the initiatives taken by ESL for community welfare. Recently, Vedanta ESL built a special, fully-equipped COVID Relief hospital, which shall be very effective in dealing with the second wave of the pandemic.”

“The medical professionals at the field hospital will provide free consultation services to the patients. I assure ESL full support in the times to come and I’m grateful to the Jharkhand Government that has always kept faith in our efforts and us,” he added.

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