Cipla safeguards Goa facility in pandemic times

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With industry in the state encouraged to continue functioning towards revival of the local economy, pharmaceutical manufacturer Cipla Ltd., said that several initiatives have been taken at the Goa plants to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its employees, vendors, and contract staff.

The company also said that, while keeping employees safe during the ongoing pandemic it has not forgotten the frontline administration, healthcare workers as well as lesser-privileged members of the community who have low access to basic necessities.

For employees, Cipla the company is offering extended accommodation facilities where staff is required to stay in a mandatory quarantine of 15 days before they enter the manufacturing facility. “Significant number of staff members continue to stay back in the company provided accommodation and away from their families to mitigate risk of infection,”  according to the company.

Further daily screenings are conducted for every individual entering the factory premises and any symptomatic cases are escorted back home and requested to self-quarantine. Attendance is recorded via RFID smart cards to avoid surface contact. All employees are provided with sanitizers, masks, hand gloves and safety goggles to ensure
personal protection.

In a communiqué Cipla said that, it is undertaking frequent sanitisation of the facility premises, employee transport vehicles and goods carriers. Pregnant women, working mothers using crèche facilities and susceptible employees have been advised to avail leave or work from home. A mandatory one metre distance is being ensured amongst employees within the facility as well as during travel. In-person team meetings have been temporarily discontinued and replaced with
video conferencing.

Additionally, an extensive awareness campaign has been rolled out at the facility to destigmatise the disease and ensure that employees immediately report any symptoms or positive cases that they or their family members have come in contact with. In addition to the safety protocols, Cipla said that, it is providing free food to contractual workers in the factory premises.

  A special COVID-19 medical insurance policy for the contractual workforce is introduced that covers self and family members (spouse and two children) with coverage of Rs 25,000 per individual.

Cipla has also launched a toll-free helpline to assist its patients in procuring essential medication from pharmacies.   The company said that, it has been working closely with the local authorities to identify their most pressing needs to provide requisite support. Towards this, it has supplied sanitizers and safety gear to various stakeholders. About 3,00s masks, sanitizers and gloves have been distributed to the health department, local police stations, fire stations, collectors offices, the GIDC and Dilasa Palliative Care Centre.

Besides essential supplies, such as medicines, food packets, sanitizers, masks are being provided to individuals living near the company’s facilities. The Cipla Foundation continues to partner with organizations on ground as well as with the local administration to support the daily requirements of the community.

 Around 1,000 packs of dry ration have been handed over to community members identified to be in need, biscuit packets are being supplied to the south Goa collector’s office for officials on duty and to residents of the Zuari Nagar Slum.