MTR Foods and Eastern Condiments, Orkla ASA companies in India, had made a contribution of about INR 2.5 crores that can be used for combating COVID-19, which is based on the requirements that the companies have been observing in their respective states of Karnataka and Kerala.
The budget that was authorized for the aforesaid purpose has been utilized to finance medical equipment, including for the purpose of providing assistance for local health services, distribution of ready meals and beverages as well as other measures that are aimed at building long-term assets that will assist both the states of Karnataka and Kerala in their battle against COVID-19 and beyond.
Jaan Ivar Semlitsch, Orkla ASA president and CEO stated- “While the pandemic has created unprecedented loss all over the world, India was in the grip of a devastating second wave of the virus with rise in mortality and cities facing fresh lockdowns. We monitored the situation daily and provided aids where it was most needed. Our aim was not only to provide support and create a holistic safe environment for our employees, but also for the community at large.”
MTR Foods had set up an advanced life support ambulance, being the first in the district along with a 10 bed ICU for children at District General Hospital.
In Bengaluru it provided support to St. Philomena’s Hospital and JMJ Hospital, Nagawara with its upgradation of Pediatric ward with equipment such as ICU beds, Ventilators, Incubators, baby warmers, ECG M/c, etc.
Sanjay Sharma, CEO of MTR Foods, while mentioning about the contribution stated as follows: “The second wave has been brutal for each one of us. Providing immediate support was the need of the hour, which we facilitated by providing our Ready to Eat Meals as food for COVID-19 affected patients in various hospitals in Bangalore. We also felt strongly that we needed to help build medical infrastructure in Karnataka that would help the hospitals combat any needs that may arise through the pandemic and even beyond. The contributions will not only bolster the existing infrastructure, but will also go a long way in facilitating better care for the citizens.”
In Kerala, the company contributed to re-purpose 550-bed Covid Care Centre at Adlux Convention Centre, Ernakulam in partnership with CII Foundation and other corporate partners. In addition to that, it also upgraded Oxygen lines and other equipment at Taluk Hospital, Idukki & Taluk Hospital, Parur.
Navas Meeran, CEO of Eastern Condiments stated as follows- “This pandemic has been unparalleled in nature and showed us the dire need of all of us to come together when facing challenges of this proportion. We at Eastern Condiments focused our efforts towards providing hospitals in Kerala with quality medical infrastructure to ensure meeting any community requirements during this escalating pandemic by aligning with Government initiatives.”
Kaia Bilton, Chargée d’affaires, Royal Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi stated as follows – “The Norwegian Embassy is really pleased to see how quickly Norwegian associations and businesses such as Orkla have come together to provide COVID relief. The second wave has receded but we all continue to work towards bending the curve of this pandemic across the world. Norway and India continue to remain partners in this effort.”