India’s first public-private COVID-19 hospital inaugurated in MaharashtraChief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray on 11 June 2020 inaugurated the country’s first COVID-19 hospital under public-private partnership (PPP) by Wipro in Hinjewadi IT park in Pune.

In May 2020, Wipro had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the state to repurpose one of its campuses into 504 bed intermediary care COVID-19 hospital.

The hospital, spread over 1.8 lakh sq ft of the company’s campus has 18 ventilators and is equipped with an intensive care unit (ICU) and other medical facilities. Wipro will also be providing two ambulances.

The MoU was signed on 5 May 2020 and Wipro handed over the facility to the state government in less than a month-and-a-half.

The state has also set up India’s first field hospital with 1,000 beds in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in just 15 days. Another facility is coming up nearby. A jumbo centre has started functioning at Goregaon as well and another one is coming up in Navi Mumbai.

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