As COVID-19 enters its third year, health experts have raised concerns over its impact on children. The latest Omicron variant may cause more significant complications to children in comparison to the previous Delta variant. This is due to Omicron primarily affecting the upper respiratory tract and given that children have higher respiratory rates, this makes them the perfect target.
The latest findings highlight the need for vaccinating children too. Hospitals are preparing for any eventualities and setting up infrastructure for treating affecting children. Amongst the many organizations lending a helping hand is the Adani Foundation. As part of its CSR activities, the Foundation donated Rs. 78.18 lakhs to the Udupi District Administration in Karnataka.
Adani’s efforts are part of its CSR strategy to prep the district hospital for any possible eventuality. The money was dispensed through the Udupi Power Corporation Limited (UPCL), which is owned by Adani, and will be used to establish pediatric ICU ventilator beds along with other medical equipment at the Karkala government hospital.
The move came after a meeting held by the Deputy Commissioner of Udupi in December 2021, wherein the possibility of industries and businesses providing support through their CSR activities was discussed. As a result, the Adani Foundation stepped up and agreed to support the Udupi District Administration and Health Department in their endeavour to prep the district cope with any COVID case.
Medical devices including Central Monitoring Systems, Multipara Monitors, Drip Infusion Pump, Portable USG Machines, Invasive Ventilators, Humidifiers, Bubble CPAC and Defibrillators, will be procured from the funds donated by the Adani Foundation. Additionally, 10 pediatric ICU ventilator beds will also be set up at the Karkala government hospital with the funds.
While handing over the demand draft for the said amount, Kishore Alva, President and Executive Director of Adani Group, Karnataka, said, “We are joining hands with the district administration in strengthening healthcare facilities. The funds have been handed over under CSR activities of Adani Foundation.”
This is not the first time the Foundation has answered a call to action. In August last year, Rs. 40 lakhs was granted to the Udupi district Administration for a similar cause. The amount was used to set up pediatric ICU ventilator beds at Udupi District Hospital, Karkala Government Hospital and Kundapura Government Hospital. With the latest donation, Adani has already extended financial aid worth Rs. 1.18 crores to Udupi District, Karnataka.