BKT opens COVID treatment centre at Indian plant

Off-road tyre manufacturer BKT has built and opened a contactless COVID-19 treatment centre and electronic intensive care (E-ICU) unit at its plant in Bhuj, India.
Ancillary Equipment / November 19, 2020
By Liam McLoughlin
The COVID-19 unit provides treatment to plant workers and their families
The COVID-19 unit provides treatment to plant workers and their families

The centre, which was built in three weeks and joins the secondary medical assistance services that already exist on the site, employs a doctor and eight healthcare operators and will be responsible for treating workers and their families affected by COVID-19.

The unit is equipped with advanced medical technology including remote patient monitoring, data analytics on diagnostics and medicine management, high-flow oxygen machines, remote consultations using augmented reality, data availability across the globe for e-consults through Cloud monitoring systems and AI enabled X Ray imaging system.

Italy-based BKT says it is one of the first ever contactless E-ICU, COVID-19 treatment structures to be built outside of a hospital environment in India. It has been designed by a team of doctors, engineers and IT experts with the specific aim of preventing and minimising the risk of the epidemic spread.

“At a time, such as this, corporate social responsibility is more important than ever," said Arvind Poddar, chairman and managing director of BKT. "We must take care, protect, support and help each other. We are trying to do this in India and in the world through initiatives realised by our branches in Italy and in the United States of America."

The unit at the Bhuj factory includes a triage area, isolation facility and medication clinic. It is also equipped with an emergency response unit to treat patients requiring acute care, which consists of five intensive care beds and an infusion pump, high flow oxygen machines, bipap machines, patient monitors, smart cameras and integrated lab systems for data analysis.

BKT says it has committed to provide relief not only in India, but also at an international level through its subsidiaries in Italy and in the US.

The majority of BKT staff members from all continents donated one or more days of pay and the company multiplied eight times the amount collected. The entire sum was donated to projects of the BKT Foundation, that provides concrete help to the worst affected people in India.

BKT also provided food supplies to disadvantaged people in Indian communities. Altogether 500,000 cooked-food packs were delivered along with 60,000 packages containing food ingredients, such as flour, oil, salt and rice.

In Italy, the company contributed to the Cesvi (Italian NGO) basic necessities’ home delivery project for people in risk groups or in difficulty.

BKT’s US subsidiary donated funds to Samaritan’s Purse, an international organisation that deals with the management of health emergencies and that during the peak of the Covid-19 has built a field hospital in New York's Central Park.

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