Wakad: Vedanta Housing Society sets up quarantine centre with oxygen facility

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Pune, July 25, 2020: At a time when there is a severe shortage of hospital beds in the face of the rapid increase in Coronavirus disease (COVID19), Vedanta Co-operative Housing Society (CHS) in Wakad has become a role model. Vedanta CHS is one of the first societies in Wakad to have its quarantine centre with an oxygen facility to save the life of Vedanta residents in case of an emergency and shoulder out the social responsibility safety first.

The society has set up a quarantine home within its premises with key necessities like oxygen cylinder, pulse oximeter, thermal gun, bed, bedding, food arrangement, etc. The facility has been set up for 10 patients in a 2BHK flat and the clubhouse. It will be ramped up if the situation demands. The society has about 2,000 residents from 344 families and most of them are IT professionals.

The management committee led by society Chairman Dr SB Dhonde and other members worked hard to make quarantine home a reality. This was facilitated with the help of Swaraj Kalate who also happens to be one of the investors in the society. Dr Dhonde spoke to GK Builder Vinod Chandwani who provided oxygen cylinders to the society.

Society takes care of its support staff: The committee procured and distributed masks, gloves and face shields for all the society guards, house-keeping staff and other support staff to ensure that they stay safe while they continue to provide services selflessly.

Dr Dhonde said, “We continue to do so at regular intervals to ensure that their hygiene is maintained and they are safe. Salaries with bonus were paid for all the staff deputed even if not all of them reported to work to ensure that during the trying times, they do not suffer any hardships. The committee with the support of the wonderful members of Vedanta family pooled in resources to distribute food and other necessities to all the support staff. Additionally, as a society committed towards the well being of the larger community, food was distributed to the needy in and around the society.”

Society tied up with farmers for vegetables: The committee also ensured that the Vedanta family members are not left to venture out to find necessities. The committee collaborated with local farmers to ensure that they would set up stalls inside the society premises so that the residents could buy vegetables easily. Also, the committee partnered with DMart to ensure that monthly groceries are also made available inside the society premises. This was a mutually beneficial arrangement where the farmers and DMart had the business, the residents could get their necessities almost at their doorsteps.

Hygiene of residents most important: To enhance the hygiene quotient of the society, the committee has been regularly asking Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) officials to visit the society to carry out sanitisation activity periodically. Additionally, society has procured machinery which is being used to sanitise each of the social buildings and common areas frequently to keep the risk of infection at bay. As a precautionary measure, touchless sanitiser bottles have been placed at all key areas like society main gate, the entrance of each building near the lift lobby and other key common areas.

In a unique initiative, Dr Dhonde addressed all the residents of the society over a virtual meeting to appraise them of various initiatives undertaken by the committee and to instil confidence in the residents that they are leaving no stones unturned to ensure safety and convenience of the Vedanta family members.