Bangalore, April 2020: In the wake of growing number of coronavirus cases in India and implications brought about by the COVID-19 across the nation, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today announced its continued support and some specific measures to aid the State Government in its fight against the pandemic. As doctors, paramedics and other hospital staff are at the frontlines during this unprecedented public health emergency, they are susceptible and require Personal Protective Equipment Kits as well as other support to carry out their duties effectively. In order to support the efforts of the Government,TKM today pledged transportation support tothe health department workforce in addition to handing over of 1000 Hazmat suits to Government Health Volunteers thus ensuring care for the caregivers.
TKM deployed 10 buses to the Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute (BMCRI) while Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) provided another 4 buses to the Health Department of Ramanagaradistrict to enable convenient, hassle free and safe mobility forhealthcare workers. These buses will be available 24*7 till 30th of April for the medical staff including doctors, nurses, security team and other public health workers for their mobility purposes such as visit to hospitals, field work and other coordination. Furthermore, 1000 number of Hazmat suits were today handed over to Dr. C R Jayanthi, Dean, Director & Principal at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore. Additionally, the company will handover another 2000 of such Hazmat suits to the Government.
Commenting on the extension of relief measures, Mr. Vikram Gulati, Country Head & Senior Vice President, External Affairs, Public Relations, Corporate Social Responsibility & Corporate Governance, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “In such uncertain circumstances and juncture of social distress, Toyota Kirloskar Motor as a responsible andcommitted corporate is steadfast in its resolve to continueits support to the Government of Karnataka in tackling this nationwide emergency.Toyota’s motto of providing utmost safety and security doesn’t just end with its cars or stakeholdersbut transcends the boundaries of our offices and factories. Accordingly,in these turbulent times it is important for us to help each other and the Government.
We have been closely monitoring the evolving situation and havealso taken necessary countermeasures to safeguard the health and safety of our people.We will continue to explore more initiatives that can roll out at the earliest and support the Government to the required extentin its fight againstthe repercussions of the COVID-19 outbreak.”
Representing TMF, Mr. Pras Ganesh, Program Director for Asia Region, said, “The aim of TMF is to provide the best possible mobility solution for our valued healthcare workers, allowing them to have a safe, expedient and free commute at this uncertain time. This should give these heroes, who are on the frontlines of this battle, some convenience and peace of mind. We are rolling out similar services in some South East Asian countries as well”
TKM recently distributed1000 essential kits and food supplies to daily wage workers, benefitting over 5000 members in the community. TKM has been encouraging ICARE [an employee volunteerism platform volunteers to utilize digital platforms to spread awareness on hygiene practices and techniques to combat COVID-19, while staying at home.