Mumbai: The Tata Trusts has announced a whopping sum of Rs 500 crores as aid towards fight against the COVID-19 pandemic raging around the world. Noting that the current health emergency is a matter of grave concern, Tata Trusts Chairman Ratan N. Tata on Saturday said the current situation in India and across the world needs immediate action. Also Read - 11 COVID Patients Die Due To Oxygen Shortage at Ruia Hospital in Tirupati; CM Orders Probe

Tata Sons has also contributed additional Rs 1,000 crores towards the relief. Also Read - What is Ivermectin, the FDA-Approved Drug That Goa Recommended to All Above 18?

“In this exceptionally difficult period, I believe that urgent emergency resources need to be deployed to cope with the needs of fighting the COVID-19 crisis, which is one of the toughest challenges the human race will face,” Tata said. Also Read - UEFA in Talks With British Government to Move Champions League Final Between Manchester City And Chelsea at Wembley

Tata pledged to protect and empower all affected communities with a commitment of Rs 500 crore for waging the “war against virus”.

The amount would be used for personal protective equipment for the medical personnel on the frontlines, respiratory systems for treating increasing cases, testing kits to increase per capita testing, setting up modular treatment facilities for infected patients, and knowledge management and training of health workers plus the general public.

He said that Tata Trusts, Tata Sons and Tata Group companies are joined by committed local and global partners and the government to fight this crisis on a united public health collaboration platform which will strive to reach sections that are underprivileged and deprived.

“We are deeply grateful and have immense respect for every person of member organisations who have risked their lives and safety to fight this pandemic,” Tata said in a statement.

(With agency inputs)