APPL Launches ICU Service at Chubwa Tea Estate under the Aegis of Tata Sons
India, August 18, 2020: In a time of crisis, to support the healthcare system of our country, Amalgamated Plantations Pvt. Ltd.(APPL), the second largest tea producer in India, has announced the installation of ICU in APPL’s Referral Hospital and Research Centre (RHRC), under the aegis of Tata Sons. The non-profit secondary healthcare unit at Chubwa Tea Estate of APPL has received its first ICU installation with more patient accommodation and ventilator units to strengthen the COVID Relief operations in Assam.
The unprecedented humanitarian crisis COVID has put the world in, has pushed the healthcare sector to test its limits. RHRC is a secondary care hospital by APPL that has been treating over 3 lakh patients in Assam along with patients coming from neighbouring states of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh over a decade. The latest addition in the infrastructure, newly renovated ICU has been developed by converting the existing Special Care Unit (SCU) with 6 new beds, ventilator units and isolation curtains.
Commenting on the initiative, Mr. Vikram Singh Gulia, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, APPL said, “APPL is indeed delighted and proud to set up this new ICU at its RHRC to strengthen the COVID relief operation in Assam. On behalf of APPL, APPL Foundation (APPLF) and the local communities being served by RHRC, I would like to convey our gratitude to Tata Sons for the noble gesture and kind support in sponsoring this initiative. I would like to reiterate APPL & APPLF’s unflinching commitment towards serving the community”.
Presently, the ICU is serviceable only for Outpatient Department (OPD), as COVID patients are to receive treatment only from government hospitals, as per Assam Government guideline. Taking cognizance of the health threats that tea workers work with, APPL has implemented many COVID combat measures to nurture a safe and healthy environment at all of its tea estates.
- A total of 1.82 lakh masks have been made in-house and distributed across all estates for total resident population and authorized visitors like police, vigilance team etc.
- Besides complying with the social distancing and hygiene protocols, regular thermal screening is also done at each estate hospital.
- As a part of its COVID relief operations, APPL has also instituted special quarantine facilities at each of its 25 tea estates, which had been planned to cater to 1025 returnees approximately, for a period of about 30 days under the support of Tata Disaster Management programme sponsored by Tata Sons.
With the introduction of ICU service, the previously equipped with 70 beds hospital, APPL’s Referral Hospital and Research Centre will now be a better health support for Northeast people at affordable cost, bringing a sigh of relief amid the pandemic situation.
About Amalgamated Plantations Private Limited:
Amalgamated Plantations Private Limited (APPL) was born in the year 2007 when the then North India Plantation Divisions of the TATA TEA LIMITED was demerged from the parent company to form one of the first and largest “worker-shareholder owned” companies in India. It is the 2nd largest producer of tea in India with an annual production capacity of 44 Million Kg of Made Tea. It has 21 tea estates spread across Assam and 4 tea estates in West Bengal (Dooars area). APPL primarily sells its teas in the tea auctions supervised by Tea Board of India. It has a diverse product portfolio of teas in every available price range including CTC, Orthodox, Green, specialty White teas and Organic teas.
Recently APPL has started its own retail brands with products spread across ultra-premium, premium and popular categories. The retail operation is spread across all Eastern and North Eastern states.
APPL has also dived into agri-business with spice, dairy and fisheries as the key focus areas through partnership with various smallholder farmer groups. It is working towards expanding all these nascent businesses with an aim of delivering more value to the customers and at the same time helping its own smallholder farmers receive more returns.
As a responsible corporate citizen and to uphold the TATA value system, APPL formed a trust known as “APPL Foundation” on 29th August, 2011. The Trust has been formed to actively engage in empowering communities under the pillars of education & skill development, healthcare, environment conservation & livelihood generation and preservation of culture. APPL Foundation’s motto is “To Train, To Treat, To Protect &To Promote”. It has trained and educated 1700 people, provided healthcare to 246600 people, built sustainable ecosystems for 7000 people in local communities and nurtured 1500 tribal artists till date.