September 30, 2022

Boeing with SELCO Foundation and DFY set up 100-bed COVID care centre in Bengaluru

  • Fully-equipped 100 oxygenated-bed COVID-care centre in Yelahanka handed over to Karnataka state government

Bengaluru, Boeing India, along with pan-India humanitarian organisation Doctors for You (DFY) and Bengaluru-based not for profit organisation SELCO Foundation, on June 19 announced the establishment of a 100 oxygenated bed facility COVID care centre at Karnataka State Power Corporation Ltd. (KSPCL) at Yelahanka in Bengaluru to treat mild-to-moderate pandemic cases and support the existing hospitals in the region.

While Boeing India has funded the facility, Doctors for You is providing the necessary staff and care, and SELCO Foundation has set up the pre-fabricated facility. Whereas, KSPCL provided the land necessary to set up the hospital.

“It is commendable that corporates have joined hands with the government in the fight against Covid second wave. It’s indeed a great pleasure that Boeing India has partnered with SELCO Foundation and Doctors for You (DFY) to build a 100-bed oxygenated super-speciality Covid care facility at Karnataka State Power Corporation Ltd. (KSPCL) campus in Yelahanka,” Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa said while inaugurating the facility this evening.

The hospital was built in less than 20 days. Of the 100-oxygen beds, 10-beds are dedicated for ICU services and 20-beds for High Dependency Units (HDU) ward. The hospital will also have areas for triage, donning and doffing, pharmacy, laboratory, rest areas, nursing stations and meeting rooms for medical staff.

The DFY team will comprise specialist and generalist doctors, paramedics, and facility management staff. Boeing’s funding will also provide medical equipment, including CT scanners, ventilators, oxygen cylinders and concentrators, flow meters, and ambulances to the hospital.

Speaking on the development, Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers D.V. Sadanand Gowda said: “We sincerely thank Boeing India, SELCO Foundation and Doctors For You to help set up a 100-bed oxygenated facility in Yelahanka, Bengaluru. It is heartening to see private – public collaboration to augment health infrastructure in the state and create positive impact to people in need.”  

Boeing’s contribution is part of its USD10 million emergency assistance package announced in April to support India’s COVID-19 response. 

The KSPCL campus in Yelahanka was chosen because of its proximity to an already existing oxygen generation plant. The design and construction of the hospital has been done in an environment friendly manner, and building materials were chosen to maximise thermal comfort for patients and hospital staff. Day lighting and solar power for night-time electricity requirements ensures reliability and efficiency.

“We are thankful to Boeing India, SELCO Foundation and Doctors For You for establishing a 100-bed Covid care oxygenated facility at Karnataka State Power Corporation Limited premises in Bengaluru. Thank you to all stakeholders for supporting the state in our efforts to fight the Covid 19 battle.” said State Chief Secretary P. Ravi Kumar

“Boeing stands in solidarity with India and wants to be a part of the solution in the fight against COVID. Our ongoing relief efforts in association with our partners are aimed at reaching communities most impacted by the virus and includes providing medical supplies, emergency healthcare and setting up COVID-care hospitals for communities and families affected,” said Salil Gupte, president, Boeing India. “We thank the state government of Karnataka for their support and partnership that’s helped in building critical health infrastructure to treat COVID patients right now.”

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