As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for 2020-21, specialty chemicals firm Lanxess India donated six ventilators to Kaushalya Medical Foundation Trust hospital and Bethany hospital in Thane to help them fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both hospitals have been provided three ventilators each and are worth over Rs 1 crore.
The hospitals, located in Thane will use these ventilators for treatment of patients from neighboring
areas. Lanxess has been proactively collaborating with authorities and medical institutions in its
concerted efforts to help local community in fighting the pandemic.
Dr Sameep Sohoni, MS Ortho, DNB Ortho, FICS (USA), Consultant Orthopaedic and Joint Replacement
Surgeon, Kaushalya Medical Foundation Trust Hospital said, “We are grateful to Lanxess India for
donating these ventilators to us as it is the most important equipment which is required in the
management of Covid patients in ICU and who have low oxygen levels. We thank the management of
Lanxess India for this support and are sure that this donation would help us save more lives and will also give a moral boost to our team that has been working tirelessly for Covid patients for the past 5
Vijay Lakka, COO, Bethany Hospital said the donation of the high-end ventilators at this juncture will
enable the hospital to try save more lives, especially when there is a huge shortage globally for critical-care equipment.
He added that these specific ventilators equipped with High-flow nasal oxygen (HFNO)
therapy can provide respiratory support for patients with acute hypoxemic respiratory failure and can
also prevent subsequent intubation in this pandemic situation.
Neelanjan Banerjee, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Lanxess India said in these challenging
times, medical institutions and their infrastructure have witnessed tremendous stress. “Having
identified this as a critical area that needs immediate attention, we have made a humble attempt in
easing out the pressure. Our contribution is specially aimed at making critical care available and
enhancing life-saving infrastructure in these hospitals. We are hoping to make a significant difference in our society and will continue to help the community at large in fighting the pandemic,” Banerjee said.
In the last few months, Lanxess India has undertaken various initiatives with regards to minimizing the
impact of COVID-19.
This includes financial support of Rs 2 crore to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in
Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES) and donation of relief material worth Rs 30 lakh to local
authorities in the states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.
This also included collaboration with the Akshaya Patra Foundation, through which the company
provided over 30,000 free meals to the needy.
Lanxess helped in reducing cross contamination of coronavirus by donating 1 tonne of its highly effective surface disinfectant, ‘Rely+On’ ‘Virkon’ to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and
Thane Municipal Corporation through Maharashtra government’s relief co-ordination center.
By: Murtuza Merchant