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Utkal Hospital chosen site for nationwide COVID-19 vaccination rollout



As part of the nationwide rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine today, the Rayagada district administration has chosen UAIL-run Utkal Hospital at Ossapada in Tikiri as the vaccination rollout site for Tikiri and its surrounding areas.

Utkal Hospital is a healthcare initiative of Utkal Alumina International Limited (UAIL), a a 100 percent subsidiary of Aditya Birla Group company Hindalco.

In this vaccine rollout, priority is given to health workers followed by frontline Covid warriors. For this vaccination process, Utkal Hospital fulfills all the criteria like adequate space, trained HR, AEFI kit, bed in observation room, referral mechanism, and internet facility for communication with the block and district headquarters.

The pan-India COVID-19 vaccine rollout drive was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who addressed all the medical heads and HR heads in the country which was followed by CM address. At Utkal Hospital, all the senior government officials were present along with Utkal Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Arindam Roychoudhury, UAIL Unit Head Mazhar Beig, and HR Head Rakesh Pratap.

Dr. Roychoudary, who was the first person to take the vaccine at Utkal Hospital, said: “Finally the dream to save humanity from this pandemic has seen the light of the day, and I hope that by this vaccination, the entire region will get benefitted.” “It is our pride that Utkal Hospital is the only hospital in the entire Hindalco to get the first Covid center followed by a vaccination center,” he added.

Expressing gratitude to all the frontline workers, the Utkal Hospital management and staff who contributed relentlessly in battling the Covid crisis, UAIL Unit Head Mazhar Beig said, “This vaccination drive would provide full protection against the disease in future and build a pandemic resilient infrastructure.”

As a responsible corporate citizen, UAIL is deeply engaged in executing its CSR activities in peripheral villages in the field of education, healthcare, sustainable livelihood, and rural infrastructure and addressing the issues of social concern. UAIL is engaged in 57 villages servicing more than 30,000 population in Odisha.

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