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Reliance sets up 100-bed COVID-19 hospital in Mumbai; Will pay contract and temp workers’ wages amidst coronavirus shutdown

Reliance sets up 100-bed COVID-19 hospital in Mumbai; Will pay contract and temp workers’ wages amidst coronavirus shutdown

Reliance Industries has made a major announcement that directly impacts its workforce. Starting immediately, the company will pay all its temporary wage workers as well as contract workers their full allotment of salary even if there’s no work due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Separately, Reliance has also announced the setting up of “India's first dedicated Covid-19 hospital” with state-of-the-art medical facilities said to be in place. This 100-bedded dedicated COVID-19 hospital has been set up around Seven Hills Hospital and was reportedly set up in a span of two weeks. The company acknowledges that this was done with the collaboration of the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation).

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The company in a statement said - “In a short time-span of just two weeks, Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital in collaboration with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, has set up a dedicated 100-bedded centre at Seven Hills Hospital, Mumbai for patients who test positive for Covid-19.”

"This first-of-its-kind-in-India centre is fully funded by Reliance Foundation and includes a negative pressure room that helps in preventing cross-contamination and helps control infection. All beds are equipped with the required infrastructure, biomedical equipment such as ventilators, pacemakers, dialysis machine and patient monitoring devices.”

This is an excellent initiative by Reliance to combat the crisis in these tough and vulnerable times. Although if the crisis gets worse, it behoves other privately owned institutions to step up and offer similar solutions as 100 beds may not be enough.

The advice currently is to stay indoors and not rush the hospitals if you think you may have the virus. The BMC is conducting home screenings for those suspected of being the carriers, wherein swabs will be collected at their homes. 

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