8 August 2019
Fortis Healthcare,India’s leading integrated healthcare delivery service provider, donated a sum of INR one crore to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, Assam to support and aid rehabilitation efforts by the state government for flood-affected victims. A team from the healthcare group led by Ms Jasrita Dhir, Head, Corporate Social Responsibility, Fortis Healthcare met the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Sarbanand Sonowal in New Delhi today and presented a cheque to him, reinforcing its commitment to the cause of public health.
According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), severe floods in Assam have affected 10 out of 33 districts and as per news reports, almost 50 lakh people have been affected with around 90,000 people seeking shelter in relief camps. According to latest data on the ASDMA site till 4 August 2019, the total death toll has risen to 91. The most affected districts are Darrang, Barpeta, Chirang, Morigaon, Nagaon, Hojai, Jorhat and Cachar. Morigaon is the worst affected followed by Barpeta with 9,554 and Jorhat with 3,762 people affected. Although with waters receding now, people are gradually returning to their homes, however, 2,816 people are still lodged in 11 relief camps at Chirang, Morigaon, Nagaon and Jorhat districts. A total crop area of 16,221 hectares of land is still under floodwaters[i].
Ms Jasrita Dhir, Head – CSR, Fortis Healthcare shared, “We feel grateful that we could meet the Hon’ble CM, Shri Sonowal today and make a humble contribution towards the much-needed relief and rehabilitation efforts being driven by the State Government. As a leading healthcare service delivery provider in the country, the Fortis fraternity is committed to the cause of public health. Our CSR initiatives are dedicated to the cause of social good and need of the community.”