Maruti Suzuki India Ltd has announced that it has started a multi-speciality hospital in Sitapur, Ahmedabad District of Gujarat. The manufacturer has invested a total of Rs 126 crore and the hospital is funded 100% by the Maruti Suzuki Foundation, which is a CSR initiative of MSIL. The hospital will be managed by Ramanbhai Foundation, which is the CSR arm of Zydus Group.
The hospital comes up during the difficult times of the second wave of the COVID-19, which has put the healthcare system under unprecedented pressure.
Mr Kenichi Ayukawa, MD and CEO, Maruti Suzuki India said,
“When our Gujarat car plant started, there was no major medical facility available in the region. We decided to build a good quality multi-speciality hospital for the benefit of all residents of that area and partnered with one of the best names in healthcare – Zydus Hospitals. Fortunately, it was in time for the Covid-19 second wave and we have converted it into a Covid care facility to help fight the pandemic. We would like to express our gratitude to the Government of Gujarat and the Government authorities of Ahmedabad District for their support in this project.”
The hospital will serve over 3.75 lakh people residing in Sitapur city and adjoining areas. It is a 24X7 super speciality hospital that will have services like emergency care and trauma, advanced diagnostics, critical care for stabilisation in life-threatening conditions, mother & childcare, cardiac care, eye care, burns, ENT, internal medicine and general medicine.
The hospital is starting with 50 beds and it is spread over 7.5 acres of land. It is the first of its kind speciality hospital in the region. In the future, the number of beds can be expanded to 100. The infrastructure is already in place for the expansion.
Presently is used as COVID-19 care
The new hospital is currently getting used as a COVID-19 care hospital. Maruti Suzuki had planned the hospital way before the COVID-19 pandemic even hit India. When Maruti Suzuki started operating its plant in Hansalpur, Gujarat, there were no good hospitals in the region and that is why MSIL decided to set up a world-class facility.
A number of car manufacturers came forward to assist the healthcare system of India when the first wave of pandemic hit the country in 2020. Many manufacturers utilised the assembly lines and plants to manufacture life-saving devices like a ventilator. In the second wave of the COVID-19 too, manufacturers have come forward to help in any way they can.
Maruti Suzuki had also shut down its plants due to the COVID-19 situation. The manufacturer scheduled maintenance happened before it was planned this year.