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Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has announced that it has handed over a Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) to the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). This initiative has been taken to help scale up COVID-19 testing in Karnataka. IISc, which is located in Bangalore, is India's leading institution of advanced education and research in sciences and engineering.
Shekar Viswanathan, Vice Chairman and Whole-time Director at TKM, along with his team, handed over the unit to Professor Anurag Kumar, Director, IISc in the presence of senior members of the institute. The MMU will be used as a molecular diagnostic laboratory that can test for Coronavirus and provide results quickly thus reducing turnaround time while further scaling up testing. The mobile unit can be driven to provide prevention and relief activities in areas where there is no medical support infrastructure for the local community.
Commenting on the handover, Shekar Viswanathan said, "Every affected country in the world is facing a lack of adequate medical support and infrastructure due to the unprecedented magnitude of the virus outbreak. The rapid rise in the number of cases in the last few days in India has put more strain on the medical infrastructure particularly from a testing standpoint. Mobile units such as the MMU will be crucial to complement the laboratory network on the ground. To increase testing and to flatten the COVID curve, corporates and Governments have to join hands. We, at Toyota Kirloskar Motor, remain committed to supporting the Government of Karnataka in fighting this pandemic and will continue to collaborate with them on various fronts."
Since te COVID-19 pandemic, Toyota has contributed Rs two crore to Karnataka Chief Minister's Relief Fund, it handed over 3,000 Hazmat suits to the Government Health Volunteers in the state. About 3,500 essential kits, benefitting over 15,000 members were given to daily wage workers. TKM deployed 14 buses to support the health department in the state in addition to the distribution of sanitizers and masks to the state police.
Recently, TKM provided 45 thermal scanners, 45,000 hand sanitizers, 100 beddings, consumables for 100 patients, 20 sets of equipment such as intravenous stands, blood pressure monitors and safety gear including 12,000 examination gloves, 70,000 three-ply face masks and 7,500 N95 masks to the Health Department, Government of Karnataka and Bangalore police personnel.
Thoughts About TKM Handing Over The Mobile Medical Unit
Since the COVID-19 pandemic has struck the nation, Toyota has really come forward and has offered help in whatever way it could. The company is still offering help and finding new ways to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.