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Samsung pledges $5 million, Paytm to set up oxygen plants for India’s fight against COVID-19


Tech large Samsung on Tuesday stated it has pledged USD 5 million (Rs 37 crore), whereas Paytm Foundation intends to set up oxygen plants in 12-13 cities as a part of efforts to assist India’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Samsung will donate USD 3 million to the Centre and states of Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, and supply USD 2 million value of medical provides, together with 100 Oxygen Concentrators, 3,000.

Oxygen Cylinders, and a million LDS syringes (to Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu), a press release stated.

LDS or Low Dead Space syringes minimise the quantity of drug left within the system after injection, optimising vaccine utilization.

The expertise has demonstrated up to 20 p.c higher effectivity and if current syringes have been to ship a million doses, LDS syringes might ship 1.2 million doses with the identical quantity of vaccine. Samsung has helped the producer of those syringes enhance manufacturing capability, the assertion stated.

Paytm stated Paytm Foundation will set up oxygen plants in 12-13 cities. These oxygen plants can be immediately put in at hospitals. It is in dialogue with state governments and hospitals for approvals to set up these oxygen plants that might be supplied freed from price to authorities hospitals by the Paytm Foundation.

Paytm Foundation has additionally sourced over 21,000 Oxygen Concentrators that may be despatched to authorities hospitals, COVID care services, non-public hospitals, nursing houses in addition to Resident Welfare Associations by mid-May.

The huge rise in infections within the second wave of the pandemic has led to hospitals in a number of states reeling below a scarcity of medical oxygen and beds. Social media timelines are crammed with SOS calls with folks wanting for oxygen cylinders, hospital beds, plasma donors, and ventilators.

Organisations throughout the spectrum have come ahead to supply and donate oxygenators, respiration machines, and ventilators.

Samsung stated it can additionally cowl the vaccination prices for over 50,000 eligible workers and beneficiaries in India as vaccine doses change into obtainable.

This may even embody all Samsung Experience Consultants, who work at electronics retail shops throughout the nation.

Besides, Samsung has additionally set up in-house services and groups throughout the nation to assist workers and their households with data and entry to medical provides in addition to hospital services and residential care.

In April 2020, Samsung had contributed Rs 20 crore to India’s fight against the pandemic. Paytm, which had introduced a Rs 10 crore donation drive, stated it has mirrored the quantity – taking the whole contribution to Rs 20 crore.

“While Oxygen Concentrators are good for short-term support, we figured out that oxygen plants could provide our healthcare system with larger support. Hence, we decided to direct our donations to build oxygen plants at government hospitals for free…We are optimistic that with the right resources and empathy for our fellow countrymen, we will not only survive this crisis but also come out stronger,” a Paytm spokesperson stated.

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