Angul : Union steel minister Dharmendra Pradhan Tuesday dedicated the Covid Care Centre at Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) Plant Angul, in presence of Odisha health minister Naba Kisore Das and JSPL’s Chairman Shri Naveen Jindal.

Sambalpur MP Nitesh Ganga Deb, Chhendipada MLA Susanta Kumar Behera, Angul Collector Sidhartha Shankar Swain, Angul SP Jagmohan Meena, JSPL’s Managing Director VR Sharma, JSPL’s Angul Executive Director Hridayeshwar Jha and other senior officials were also present on the occasion.

The Covid Care Centre is equipped with 270 oxygen supported beds, which includes 10 Non-invasive ventilation beds and five ICU beds with ventilators.

Inaugurating the Covid Care Centre Pradhan appreciated JSPL’s support to the government in fighting the Covid-19 Global Pandemic. He deeply appreciated JSPL’s Chairman Naveen Jindal for his leadership in supplying the lifesaving liquid medical oxygen to various hospitals across the country.

Minister Pradhan mentioned that JSPL’s vision to build the largest Steel Plant of the World of 25 MTPA at Angul by 2030 will certainly fructify the aspiration of the local youths for sustainable livelihood and improve the Quality of Life of the People in the Region.

Minister Pradhan highly appreciated the facilities created in the 270 bedded Covid Care Centre by JSPL for the people of Angul.

Odisha health milinister Naba Kisore Das also thanked JSPL for its efforts to extend life support Oxygen, medical treatment and livelihood support for the local community to fight the global pandemic.

JSPL is the FIRST mega industrial house in Odisha to build a fully equipped facility at its own premises for the treatment of COVID-19 affected persons.

Speaking at the opening of the Covid Care Centre, JSPL’s Chairman Shri Jindal said that “JSPL has always stood with people at the time of need.  For JSPL it is always Nation First. As a responsible corporate citizen, we at JSPL always respond to the People’s need on time especially during the calamities and Pandemics. I hope this Covid Care Centre will efficiently serve the needs of people of Angul and support the government in fighting the global pandemic”.

Jindal thanked union steel minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Odisha health minister Naba Kisore Das for their unique gesture of physically coming to JSPL Township for the inauguration of the Centre.

VR Sharma, the managing director of JSPL gave a detailed brief of the facilities existing and upcoming in the Covid Care Centre and hoped that with the effective Partnership with the local community and the government, JSPL will be able to nullify the pandemic induced human misery. “We are highly inspired by our Company’s Chairman Naveen Jindal for his passion for People,” added Mr Sharma.

VR Sharma mentioned that the Company plans to expand the capacity of the Covid Care Centre to 400 beds by July 2021. Local community members can avail of the facility that provides free Covid-19 testing, isolation centre, Ambulance services, medical treatment with free medicines, food as well as Counselling services.A dedicated team of doctors and paramedics are engaged to provide 24×7 service in the Centre.

JSPL and its social arm JSPL Foundation, has been working relentlessly to support the government and community in minimizing the pandemic induced human misery. The steelmaker has been providing liquid medical oxygen (LMO) from its oxygen plant at Angul and other locations to various hospitals across the country. Every day about 100 tonnes of LMO are being dispatched.