Moneycontrol PRO
you are here: HomeNewsBusiness

TCS sets up COVID-19 care centres in 11 cities for employees, their families

As IT firms like Infosys, HCL Tech and Tech Mahindra also step up the care, the government has also allowed the IT/ITeS in SEZ units to increase the beds from 10 to 50.

April 28, 2021 / 11:34 AM IST
Representational image. The PM CARES Fund Trust will finance two COVID-19 makeshift hospitals in Bihar with 500-bed each, in a way to improve the coronavirus care in the state. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) announced the decision on social media on August 24. (Image: Twitter @PMOIndia)

Representational image. The PM CARES Fund Trust will finance two COVID-19 makeshift hospitals in Bihar with 500-bed each, in a way to improve the coronavirus care in the state. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) announced the decision on social media on August 24. (Image: Twitter @PMOIndia)

  • bselive
  • nselive
Todays L/H

India’s largest IT service provider Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has set up Covid Care Centers across 11 cities in India. The company also has arrangements with hotels that have hospital tie-ups.

Employees and their families can avail emergency medical financial assistance, apart from the health insurance facilities offered, TCS spokesperson said in a statement.

TCS is also organising COVID testing camps in the offices, COVID-19 helpdesk to seek any assistance required, and 24x7 TCS Medical Hotline to reach doctors and TCS Cares services for counselling.

Other IT firms have already announced that they are setting up hospital beds in their campuses with oxygen and ventilator support to support employees and their families given the acute shortage the country is facing.

The government in an order dated April 27 said IT/ITeS firms in Special Economic Zones (SEZ) can extend up to 50-bed hospitals from the current 10 beds within the SEZ units, IT industry body NASSCOM pointed out. All these would help take the load of the public healthcare system amid the second wave.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Frequently Asked Questions

View more
How does a vaccine work?

A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.

How many types of vaccines are there?

There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.

What does it take to develop a vaccine of this kind?

Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.

View more

India recorded 3.23 lakh news cases and 2,771 deaths on April 26 with the healthcare system crumbling in many states including  New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and also Karnataka.

HCL tech, Infosys, Tech Mahindra set up hospital beds

During the earnings call on April 23, VV Apparao, Chief Human Resources Officer, HCL Tech, said: “Considering that in this second wave cases are much more than it was in first, many people are struggling for oxygen support or bed facilities in various hospitals. Currently, it is very serious in the National Capital Region (NCR) and experts are predicting that the other states will face similar severity.”

HCL Tech is setting up a 30-bed quarantine centre in NCR with oxygen and ambulance with ventilator facility.

In addition, the company is also expanding its COVID-19 helpline it was running with 15 doctors since 2020, to 25. “In the next week to 10 days’ time, we are further increasing it. We will be running with almost 55 doctors,” Apparao pointed out. It has also provided testing free of cost to employees

Its Bengaluru-based peer, Infosys, too, has set up employee COVID-19 care centres to support staff and their families who have contracted the virus and are in need of special medical care beyond home quarantine.

In a statement to Moneycontrol, the company said, “These centres would be managed by Ruby Hall hospital for Pune, and Manipal Hospitals for Bengaluru. Infosys is also in the process of setting up similar care centres across its major offices in India.”

On setting up COVID care centre for employees, Vivek Agarwal, President – BFSI, HLS and Corporate Development, Tech Mahindra said, during the earnings call on April 26: “Right now for the COVID care set up, we are thinking about 45-50 beds in our office premises, starting with Noida. We have tied up with large hospitals that will bring in the expertise and we will provide space and physical infrastructure. Our intention is to roll out at other large locations across the country to provide care to employees, families and larger societies.”

Swathi Moorthy
first published: Apr 28, 2021 11:34 am