BENGALURU: Infosys Foundation will give Rs 100 crore to help the country contain the Covid-19 virus outbreak, it said in a statement on Monday. It has contributed half of this amount to the PM CARES Fund.

The contribution will primarily be utilized across three broad areas.

To expand hospital capacity for treatment and enable hospital stays for Covid-19 patients, especially the poor, across India.

To provide ventilators, testing kits, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like masks, and other protective gear for frontline healthcare workers.

And, to ensure better access to food and nutrition for the poor.

The Foundation recently said it would help set up a hospital in Bengaluru exclusively to treat people infected by the virus.

It has also enabled the acquisition of medical and PPE equipment for multiple military and government hospitals across the country. The Foundation is also supporting various NGOs that provide food and hygiene kits to thousands of people in need, it said in the statement.

“These are unprecedented times that require every section of the society to rise up to the challenge.All our efforts will be targeted towards ensuring that the relief material reaches the people who need it the most, whether it is a patient who cannot afford treatment, our healthcare personnel, or daily-wage workers whose livelihood has been severely impacted,” said Sudha Murty, chairperson of the Foundation.

Infosys CEO Salil Parekh said, “The Covid -19 pandemic is one of the toughest challenges that the world has been faced with. At such a time, it is imperative for businesses to join hands with the governments, civil society, as well as healthcare institutions to support the communities we live and serve in. Infosys Foundations, both in India and in the USA, are extending their resources and technological capabilities to help people who are most impacted by this pandemic.”

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