Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and Tata Memorial Centre have signed a memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for funding hospitals and research centres in Punjab, which are especially involved in palliative care. They aim to facilitate Homi Baba Cancer Hospital, Sangrur and Homi Baba Cancer Hospital and Research Centre and Mullanpur, a unit of Tata Memorial Centre. The Memorandum states BPCL’s 1.85 crores investment for the cause of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.
BPCL is a fortune global 500, a ‘Maharatna’, and most importantly, the second-largest Indian Oil Marketing Company. A Maharatna company can invest between 1000 crores to 5000 crores. The BPCL Director of Marketing, Mr. Sukhmal Jain, keeps a vision of energising the nation and enlightening the lives of people suffering from cancer.
Considering a sustainable future, BPCL focuses on developing an ecosystem. This lets the company bridge towards a Net Zero Energy Company by 2040, categorically in Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. The investment would allow the centres to aid better palliative care. By having hi-tech surgical equipment for advanced medical treatments for the deprived at reasonable costs. In addition, it will also help the research and enhance the quality of studies for a better prospective future of the nation.
Besides the above cause, BPCL is also taking initiatives towards education, skill development, water conservation, health community development, employee volunteering and capacity building.
Palliative care plays a critical role in the lives of the ill. The palliative care centres function collaboratively with the oncology departments. The investment in above mentioned hospitals will empower the doctors, nurses and researchers. In addition, it will also cater to the adequate treatment, psychological, spiritual and social muddles of the patients. Currently, only 14% of the complete demography of people who are needy of such care actually receive it.
According to the World Health Organization, palliative care must be reinforced. The guidelines state the importance of countries and respective establishments to initiate the former as a CSR initiative. World Health Organization’s vision to nourish and brace the efforts for the betterment of global palliative care cover the following domains:
The world is place for every age group and for every individual regardless of their health and diseases. We are together in this life run. All organizations and the authorities must put their step forward in making this world a better place to survive and shall adhere to their Corporate Social Responsibilities.
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