New Delhi, January 27, 2021: Keeping in mind the need for extensive COVID-19 testing, Ericsson India Global Services Pvt. Ltd. (Ericsson) has joined hands with Smile Foundation to support government initiatives towards collecting COVID test samples for testing at designated Government labs in Chennai and Pune. The same will support in terms of speeding up COVID testing in these cities.
Ericsson has been supporting Smile on Wheels, mobile medical units of Smile Foundation, in four locations: Noida, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Gurgaon and Ericsson E-Health Clinics in Pune and Chennai. Both organisations are committed to providing quality healthcare services at the doorstep of the underserved communities free of cost in order to support the secondary and tertiary healthcare outreach of the government. Over the past five years, approximately five lakh underserved people have benefitted through Smile on Wheels as part of this partnership, and in the coming years, the number of beneficiaries from this programme will grow manifold.
As the demand for healthcare professionals is increasing, this partnership aims to skill more than 5,000 youth in the age group of 18-30 years as healthcare professionals namely, General Duty Assistant and other allied healthcare services. A total of 40 Ericsson Skill Development Centers in Chennai, Bengaluru, Delhi, Pune and Kolkata have been set up to train youth from slums. Over the past five years, Ericsson and Smile Foundation have touched the lives of approximately 25,000 youth and placed about 15,000 in the formal sector jobs.
Amitabh Ray, MD, Ericsson India Global Services says, “Our partnership with Smile Foundation has evolved to include a fresh focus on COVID-19, both in terms of healthcare services to underserved communities as well as skill building. We want to complement and strengthen the Government’s healthcare initiatives against the pandemic in terms of emergency response as well as skill-building of the youth living in slum clusters.”
Santanu Mishra, Co-founder and Trustee, Smile Foundation, said, “Smile recognises the urgent need for a robust healthcare ecosystem. It is our privilege to join hands with Ericsson in this unique initiative for enhancing the reach of government in collecting samples of COVID-19 patients and complementing the efforts of the government in providing primary healthcare services and Skill India Mission. We have been associated with Ericsson for the past five years now, and we aim at supporting India’s healthcare systems and the upcoming generation by employing tools of telemedicine and engaging the youth of the country.”