Hindustan Unilever Begins the Roll Out of Mission HO₂PE Initiative in Kolkata
News Desk, News Nation 360 : After a successful roll-out in 5 cities, (Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Lucknow and Chandigarh) Hindustan Unilever Limited has now rolled out Mission HO2PE in Kolkata. As part of Mission HO2PE, HUL has partnered with KVN Foundation and Portea Medical, India’s largest home healthcare company to make oxygen concentrators available free of cost to COVID-19 patients promptly and efficiently. India is facing a severe shortage of O2 concentrators as the healthcare system continues to grapple with the deadly second wave of Covid-19. Through Mission HO2PE, HUL has airlifted over 5,000 oxygen concentrators into India. HUL’s partnership with KVN Foundation and Portea Medical will provide access to oxygen for Covid-19 patients directly in their homes, thereby reducing the pressure on their healthcare infrastructure which is already under duress. The program is operating under a ‘borrow-use-return’ model. Post usage, the concentrators will be sanitised, serviced, and provided to the next set of people who need them, thus ensuring the concentrators reach a maximum number of people and help save as many lives as possible. Mission HO2PE has been launched successfully in Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Lucknow and Chandigarh, and is being rolled out in other severely affected cities such as Mumbai and Chennai. HUL will also be donating concentrators to hospitals in nearly 35+ locations across urban and rural India. Adding further, Meena Ganesh, Co-Founder and CEO, Portea Medical
said that having treated over 4 lakh COVID patients over the last year, they understood the challenges posed by this pandemic. The second wave is unprecedented and has shown that there is an urgent need to treat patients with oxygen therapy and keep them out of the overflowing hospitals. In this regard, they are proud to partner with HUL in this noble initiative and ensure access to medical oxygen for patients in their homes. In Kolkata, COVID-19 patients and caregivers can request an oxygen concentrator by giving a missed call on 08068065385. The Mission HO2PE team will connect with the patient and assist with the request. Once the request is validated, the concentrator will be delivered to the patient’s home. A trained volunteer will also visit to help the patients and caregivers and assist them in managing the functions and operations of the oxygen concentrator. Besides this partnership, the Company is facilitating as well as covering the cost for vaccination of its outer core of around 300,000 people including those who work for suppliers, distributors as well as Shakti Ammas in rural areas. HUL has also set up isolation facilities across its 30+ manufacturing units – most of them located in rural parts of India. Apart from O2 concentrators, HUL will also be providing ventilators and other medical equipment for hospitals, including in rural areas.
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Report : Anustup Kundu