Kakinada, Aug 25, 2013: As part of its concerted efforts to improve the availability of medical facilities to the general public in Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh, Coromandel International Limited, India’s leading Phosphatic fertilizer manufacturer, has decided to contribute 65 Lakhs for carrying out repairs and renovation of the building and procurement of life-saving equipment for the Pediatric Block of the historic Government General Hospital, Kakinada.

Mr. Kapil Mehan, Managing Director, Coromandel International Limited has handed-over the letter confirming the contribution for the Hospital to Ms. Neetu Kumari Prasad, District Collector, East Godavari (AP) who is also the Chairperson of the Hospital Development Society, in a function held in the hospital premises on Wednesday, the 27th Aug 2013.

The 150 year old Kakinada Government General Hospital, the major health services provider to the people of both East and West Godavari districts, has been experiencing tremendous growth in demand for advanced pediatric services. Thousands of sick children and premature born babies are being treated here every year. The donation of Coromandel International Limited will be used for purchase of 4 number of ventilators for Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and conversion of old Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) into Pediatric General Ward besides development of infrastructure and provision of key amenities in the Ward. In response to the Company’s generous gesture, the hospital authorities have voluntarily come forward to name the Pediatric block as “Coromandel Pediatric Ward

On this occasion, Mr. Kapil Mehan stated – “It is our hope that this contribution will alleviate the health of premature born babies in the vicinity of Kakinada. Development of the Pediatric Ward will benefit many children who need medical facilities and attention. We believe that healthy and happy children are a best guarantee for a brighter future for us.”

Mr. A Vellayan, Chairman, Murugappa Group, termed the contribution as a demonstration of the Group’s resolve to support institutions that share common objectives with the government in addressing the healthcare issues. He further stated – “We are committed towards social development and health of our neighbors. Our efforts for the inclusive growth include CSR programs in the areas of community development, education, environment besides health. We are planning for some more health care projects in the State”.

Mr. K. Kanna Babu, MLA (Kakinada rural) commended the Company’s gesture and opined that the same will enable the hospital to improve and continue to provide the most advanced health services to the sick children.

Ms. Neetu Kumari appreciated the generosity of Coromandel and hoped to improve the pediatric health services delivery in the hospital. She assured that the hospital will utilize the contribution effectively.

Senior executives of Coromandel International Limited Mr. Amir Alvi, Mr. Arun Leslie George and Mr. Sankara Narayana Moorthy and Dr. P. Venkata Budha, Superintendent of the hospital, RMO and Heads of various departments of the hospital have attended the function.

About the GGH, Kakinada

The history of Government General Hospital, Kakinada dates back to the year 1856, when a civil dispensary was started in Jagannaickpur village under a committee of management. The dispensary was taken over by the Municipality in 1871 and gradually a hospital came into being consisting of scattered huts. This hospital was a gift of the Maharaja of Pithapuram. It was opened by His Excellency Lord Ampthill, the then Governor of Madras on 4th December of 1903. The government took over the hospital in September 1926. Several departments and Wards were added over the years.

In 2001, the Government of Andhra Pradesh decided to establish Hospital Development Societies (HDS) in all the Government General Hospitals of teaching medical colleges. As a part of this measure, the HDS, Kakinada was formed with 15 members. It started collecting user charges for all the services rendered at the hospital.

About a decade back, the Paediatric Emergency Services Ward was inaugurated in which the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit were included. In 2002, two Paediatric wards were constructed and the existing ward was renovated.

The hospital has 890 beds and provides medical care to people belonging to East and West Godavari Districts.

About Coromandel International Limited

Coromandel International Limited, India’s second largest Phosphatic fertilizer player, is in the business segments of Fertilizers, Specialty Nutrients, Crop Protection and Retail. The Company manufactures a wide range of fertilizers and markets around 2.9 million tons making it a leader in its addressable markets.

In its endeavor to be a complete plant nutrition solutions Company, Coromandel has also introduced a range of Specialty Nutrient products including Organic Fertilizers. The Crop Protection business produces insecticides, fungicides and herbicides and markets these products in India and across the globe. Coromandel is the second largest manufacturer of Malathion and only the second manufacturer of Phenthoate. Coromandel has also ventured into the retail business setting up more than 640 rural retail centers in the States of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

The Company has clocked a turnover of 8,560 Crore during FY 2012-13. lt was ranked among the top 20 best companies to work for by Business Today and was also voted as one of the ten greenest companies in India by TERI, reflecting its commitment to the environment and society. Coromandel is a part of the 22,314 Cr Murugappa Group. For more details, please visit www.coromandel.biz.

About Murugappa Group

Founded in 1900, the INR 225 Billion Murugappa Group is one of India’s leading business conglomerates. The Group has 28 businesses including eleven listed Companies traded in NSE & BSE. Headquartered in Chennai, the major Companies of the Group include Carborundum Universal Ltd., Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company Ltd., Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Company Ltd., Coromandel International Ltd., Coromandel Engineering Company Ltd., E.I.D. Parry (India) Ltd., Parry Agro Industries Ltd., Sabero Organics Ltd., Shanthi Gears Ltd., Tube Investments of India Ltd., and Wendt (India) Ltd.

Market leaders in served segments including Abrasives, Auto Components, Cycles, Sugar, Farm Inputs, Fertilizers, Plantations, Bio-products and Nutraceuticals, the Group has forged strong alliances with leading international companies like Groupe Chimique Tunisien, Foskor, Mitsui Sumitomo, Morgan Crucible and Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM). The Group has a wide geographical presence spanning 13 states in India and 5 continents.

Renowned brands like BSA, Hercules, Ballmaster, Ajax, Parry’s, Chola, Gromor and Paramfos are from the Murugappa stable. The organization fosters an environment of professionalism and has a workforce of over 32,000 employees.

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