With the coronavirus pandemic, people all over the world have become more aware of the best practices during an epidemic, from careful hand-washing to social distancing. Countries around the globe declared mandatory stay-at-home measures, closing schools, businesses, and public places. Dozens of companies and many more independent researchers began working on tests, treatments, and vaccines. The push for the human race to survive the pandemic became the primary concern in the world.
There have been hundreds and thousands of people globally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Reported to be one of the worst global pandemics in history, the virus spreads incredibly quickly between people, due to its newness since no one on Earth has immunity to COVID-19. While there have been many people who have succumbed to this life-threatening disease, there have been many who have recovered.
As India slowly reports over 1,000 active cases, Reliance posed as good samaritans and set up the country’s very first COVID-19-dedicated hospital in Mumbai. Reliance Industries, along with the Brihan Mumbai Corporation (BMC), converted Andheri East’s Seven Hills Hospital into a one-of-its-kind centre, where all beds are equipped with the required infrastructure, biomedical equipment such as ventilators, pacemakers, dialysis machines, and patient monitoring devices. The 100-bedded facility also includes a negative pressure room that helps in preventing cross-contamination and thus helps in controlling the infection.
Not only had Reliance Industries readied this much-needed facility in the country but has also set up special medical facilities to quarantine travellers and suspected cases identified through contact tracing. The fully-equipped isolation facility has been readied in Lodhivali, Maharashtra, and is taken care of by district authorities. Meanwhile, B Reliance Life Sciences is facilitating tests by importing additional test kits and consumables for practical testing.
In its attempt to fight the COVID-19, Reliance is also raising its production capacities to produce 100,000 face-masks per day and a large number of personal protective equipment (PPEs), such as suits and garments, for the health-workers to equip them further to fight the coronavirus challenge.
The multinational conglomerate also launched a self-diagnostic tool on its MyJio app, which enables its users (even non-Jio users) to test if they have coronavirus and if there is a need to visit the health centre or not. Besides the Coronavirus self-test risk analysis, MyJio app also offers tips on how to effectively work from home, maintain good health and education tools for children and college students to learn subjects of their choice. Jio is also combining its digital capabilities with Microsoft Teams, the unified communication and collaboration hub for teamwork in Office 365, to enable individuals, students, educational and healthcare institutions to continue their professional lives while still practising social distancing.
As governments, organisations, and world leaders come together to fight coronavirus together, we, the people, can surely make small changes in our day-to-day functions.
This is our time to give back. Multiple daily wages workers are struggling to make ends meet. They’ve lost their jobs, they’ve lost their homes owing to COVID-19, the very least we can do is provide for them because they need it the most right now.
As Anne Frank rightly said, “No one has ever become poor by giving.”
While you’re at it, stay updated about the pandemic, follow the guidelines shared by your respective governments and WHO, stay indoors, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands at regular intervals.Be Ready. Be Smart. Be Safe. Be Kind.