Wipro Limited, a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of Maharashtra under which it will repurpose its information technology campus in Hinjewadi, Pune to a 450-bed intermediary care COVID-19 hospital in four weeks and hand it over to the state government by 30 May 2020.
The hospital will be converted back to an IT facility after a year. The 450-bed hospital will be equipped to treat moderate cases and is to include 12 beds to stabilise critical patients before shifting them to a tertiary care facility. The facility also includes 24 well-appointed rooms to accommodate doctors and medical staff.
Wipro will provide the physical infrastructure, medical furniture and equipment in addition to appointing an administrator and skeletal support staff to help operationalise the hospital quickly with the required medical professionals.
The Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray said, “This humanitarian contribution by Wipro will further strengthen our medical infrastructure and benefit the medical fraternity who are at the forefront of our fight against the pandemic.”
“We are completely committed to supporting the country’s response to the pandemic and believe that we must all work together to deal with this crisis and minimise its human impact. We stand firmly with the Government of Maharashtra in its battle against COVID-19″.
In early April, Wipro Ltd, Wipro Enterprises Ltd and Azim Premji Foundation together committed 1,125 crore INR towards tackling the unprecedented health and humanitarian crisis arising from the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
These resources will help enable the dedicated medical and service fraternity in the frontline of the battle against the pandemic and in mitigating its wide-ranging human impact, particularly on the most disadvantaged of our society.