A total of 570 beds have been allocated to the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) in Hubballi by various companies and a foundation under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.

Union Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi and Large and Medium Industries Minister Jagadish Shettar officially handed over the beds to KIMS authorities on Sunday. As part of the CSR initiative, Swarna Group of Companies, Tata Hitachi, Tata Marcopolo and the Deshpande Foundation donated 570 beds.

Mr Pralhad Joshi said that the makeshift hospital planned at KIMS premises for COVID-19 patients was being built by the Vedanta group and that the 100-bed air-conditioned hospital with 20 ventilators and 10 treatment beds intensive and 70 oxygen beds will be ready in the next 10 days.

Mr Joshi said that around 30% to 35% of patients admitted to KIMS Hospital are from other districts. So, as a precaution and to ensure that patients in the district are not affected, additional beds are being fitted out, he said.

Admitting that there are problems with vaccine storage and distribution, Mr. Jagadish Shettar said now was not the time to play politics on the issue.

Swarna Group CEO VSV Prasad said the company was helping the pandemic a little by donating 100 beds, mattresses, pillows, sheets and supports. That aside, the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) will donate an oxygen concentrator worth 5 lakh, he said.

Dharwad Deputy Commissioner Nitesh Patil and KIMS Director Ramalingappa Antaratani were present.