In the wake of the ongoing global health crisis caused by the outbreak of COVID19 pandemic, Mercedes-Benz India has decided to set up a temporary hospital with
medical facilities and isolation wards for COVID-19 patients in Pune. The medical facility will be set up in Mhalunge-Ingale village, Chakan Khed. It will have isolation wards with a capacity to take care of 1500 patients.
The carmaker will assist the Zila Parishad with all the necessary infrastructure including the medical equipment required to create a temporary OPD, infrastructure for stay, stretchers, wheel chairs, PPE kits, sanitizers etc. which are essential in the smooth functioning of the hospital and isolation ward. The company has also directly supported the Grant Medical Foundation (Ruby Hall Clinic) by donating Ventilators.
The facility is in Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority’s (MHADA) housing area, is newly built with 374 rooms. After easing of the COVID-19 condition, the medical equipment will be donated to the Civil Hospital of Khed, and the assets from isolation wards will be donated to the tribal youth hostels.
Mercedes-Benz will also provide logistics support for setting up the isolation wards. The company has also supported the Grant Medial Foundation (Ruby Hall Clinic) directly by donating Ventilators. It will also support 1600 daily wageworkers and BPL families from Khed and Viman Nagar area by providing them dry ration & cleaning kits.
The company’s employees will voluntarily contribute one day’s salary, the amount of which will be matched by the company towards contribution to the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for COVID-19 pandemic
Martin Schwenk, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said, “In these
challenging times we are trying to support the local community and the local authorities.
The new medical facility will help support the local authorities and the people of the region with healthcare in the coming times, if the situation worsens. We stand together
with our community and it remains our endeavour to support them and the authorities
in every possible way. We hope for a steady recovery of the crisis and getting back to
This measure by the company will not only benefit the medical urgency of such challenging times but also benefit the community after closure of the temporary facility. Post easing of COVID-19 condition, the facility will close down and the medical equipment will be donated to the civil Hospital of Khed. Also, the assets from isolation wards will be given to the tribal youth hostels by Government authorities.
Mercedes-Benz India will also support 1600 families from Khed and Viman Nagar area.
The company will provide them dry ration and cleaning kits. This initiative will be
executed through Mercedes-Benz India’s existing partner NGOs, Shashwat Trust and
Ashraya Initiatives for children. This initiative will secure requirements for food and
hygiene for these families till the end of May.