HUL launches 'Mission HO2PE' to provide free oxygen concentrators
Hindustan Unilever has launched a new charitable initiative named ‘Mission HO2PE’, which will provide free oxygen concentrators to people suffering from coronavirus, beginning in New Delhi and Bengaluru.
As Indian hospitals struggle to meet the large daily demand for oxygen to treat Covid-19 patients, HUL has airlifted over 5,000 oxygen concentrators into India, Indo-Asian News Service reported. The fast-moving consumer goods giant has partnered with charity the KVN Foundation and at-home medical service provider Portea to provide coronavirus patients with access to oxygen at home which is designed to reduce the strain on hospitals.
“In New Delhi and Bengaluru, patients and caregivers can request for an oxygen concentrator,” said HUL in a statement, ET Bureau reported.
“Once the requirement is validated, the concentrator will be delivered to the patient's doorstep. 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.”
When patients have used the oxygen, they will return the cylinders.
“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,” said HUL.
The business subsequently plans to roll put the initiative in other cities which are severely affected by the second wave of the virus including Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, and Chennai, among others. As well as providing oxygen concentrators for home use, the business also plans to donate concentrators to numerous hospitals across India.
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