As the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic continues to create unprecedented crisis across the globe, healthcare facilities are facing tremendous challenges to control the growing number of cases in India. To support the fight against novel Coronavirus, Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India (MBRDI) is sourcing and providing, in batches, up to 25,000 Real-Time PCR testing kits to National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru.
The medical institution has been conducting free-testing for suspected COVID-19 patients in the city. To assist them in this endeavor, MBRDI has sourced the Real-Time PCR testing Kits from ICMR approved suppliers and will be delivering them to NIMHANS in a phased manner. These kits will also be provided to other ICMR approved testing centers across Karnataka through NIMHANS.
Manu Saale, Managing Director and CEO, MBRDI, stated, “These are challenging times and we are committed to help the community at large to defeat this adversity. We have procured these kits to support in testing larger number of suspected cases and assist the healthcare fraternity/professionals in flattening the curve. We stand united with the Nation in the fight against this pandemic.”
In addition to this, the R&D centre has initiated a monetary donation drive to encourage employees to contribute towards the Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund) and NGOs to support the underprivileged and people with disabilities in need of assistance.
Mercedes-Benz R&D India (MBRDI), headquartered in Bengaluru was founded in 1996 as a captive unit to support Daimler’s research, IT and product development activities. The organization focusses on topics ranging from computer-aided design and simulations (CAD, CAE) for powertrain, chassis and exteriors to embedded systems, telematics and developing various IT applications and tools. The satellite office in Pune specializes in interior component designs and IT engineering.