Fintech giant PayPal on Wednesday said it will help CSC (Common Services Centers) Academy set up PSA oxygen plants in four states, and support efforts to offer services like antigen testing and registration for vaccination.
PayPal will support the CSC Academy – the CSR wing of CSC – in setting up PSA oxygen plants in five hospitals in four states – one each in Bengaluru (Karnataka), Chennai (TN) and Jaunpur (UP) and two in Patna (Bihar) .
“These plants will be fully automated, designed to work unattended with minimum start-up time to generate oxygen with the desired purity within minutes, ‘a statement said.
PayPal will also sponsor mobile vans that will work towards creating awareness and provide services like antigen testing, registration for vaccination, basic COVID medicine kits and essential provisions in Karnataka, Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh, it added.
The village-level entrepreneurs (VLEs) of CSCs will manage these vans and help those without a smartphone to register for vaccination. They will also provide antigen testing and basic COVID-19 care medicine kits.
The vans will also be equipped with oxygen cylinders to be used in emergency and give citizens access to telemedicine consultation with doctors through CSC, the statement said.
Besides, the vans will be equipped with a cash withdrawal facility through DigiPay and supply essential provisions to citizens through CSC Grameen eStore at their doorstep, it added.
PayPal will also support CSC Academy in training 50,000 VLEs, including 40,000 women VLEs, as ‘Covid Appropriate Behavior (CAB) Ambassadors’ to raise awareness about preventive measures against COVID-19.
‘We have been working closely with MeitY and CSC on several initiatives over the years. We have now extended this partnership to promote COVID appropriate behavior, availability of medical facilities and expansion of the vaccination drive across tier-II cities, ‘PayPal India Director (Corporate Affairs) Nath Parameshwaran said.