Signify supports COVID frontline warriors in Pune

    23 December, 2020

    Signify partners with Disha Foundation to support COVID frontline warriors in Pune


    • The initiative was commenced today at the State TB Training and Demonstration Centre (STDC), Aundh Chest Hospital Building, Aundh, Pune by Dr. N. D. Deshmukh, CMO/Director, STDC, Pune and Dr. Ashok Nandapurkar, Civil Surgeon, Pune
    • Signify is providing 43 UV-C Disinfection Chambers to 12 hospitals and 15 Police stations in Pune
    • Signify has been at the forefront of UV technology for over 35 years and aims to touch one lakh lives with this initiative across India


    23rd December 2020, Pune : Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) Innovations India Limited has partnered with Disha Foundation to enhance the personal safety of frontline COVID warriors in Pune using UV-C Lighting. Under this initiative, the company is installing 43 of its UV-C Disinfection Chambers across 12 hospitals and 15 police stations in the city.


    Speaking at the commencement event at the State TB Training and Demonstration Centre (STDC), Dr. N.D. Deshmukh, CMO/Director, STDC, Pune said, “Covid warriors are at the forefront of our fight against COVID-19 and their persistent hard work during these difficult times is highly laudable. This initiative by Signify and Disha Foundation will go a long way to show the appreciation and support of the society for their work, and will enhance their safety, which is of utmost importance”.


    In his welcome address at the inaugural event at STDC, Pune, Dr. Ashok Nandapurkar, Civil Surgeon, Pune, said, “We cannot thank the frontline worriers enough for what they have done for the entire nation in the past few months and continue to strive with the same zest. I would like to commend Signify and Disha Foundation for this initiative and their effort to contribute towards the fight against COVID-19 and am very pleased to be a part of it.”


    These chambers use UV-C technology to disinfect the surfaces of high touch objects, such as visitor tags, phones, bags, laptops, wallets, glasses etc. in a matter of minutes, depending on the size of the object. The technology used in these chambers has been tested at National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEILD) at Boston University and the laboratory of Department of Materials Engineering at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) to effectively deactivate the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

    At Signify, we believe in supporting initiatives that help us give back to the society. These are trying times for all of us and we are more than happy to step forward and help those in need. The UV-C technology has proven to be very effective against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and we aim to help the society with our innovations in this sector. The coronavirus continues to impact society and this initiative will help these few people stay safe and sanitized, especially the most vulnerable.”


    Mr. Sumit Joshi

    Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Signify Innovations India Limited

    The drive is a part of Signify’s larger effort to enhance the personal safety of frontline workers like doctors and policemen, and other vulnerable sections of the society such as elderly people in old age homes, by equipping them with efficient UV-C based sanitization systems. This concerted effort by Signify will support over 250 hospitals, 90 police stations and 30 old age homes across 18 cities in the country, positively impacting over one lakh people. By safeguarding them, the company aims to ensure that these frontline workers can continue to do their noble and critical work, for which the country is grateful to them.


    Commenting on the initiative, Dr. Subhojit Dey, Executive Director, Disha Foundation said, “We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Dr. N.D. Deshmukh and Dr. Ashok Nandapurkar and the Maharashtra government for supporting this cause and to Signify Innovations India for providing the latest technology that will keep our frontline warriors and the elderly in our society safe and healthy.”


    UV-C light should always be used in accordance with the safety requirements and instructions to avoid humans and animals from being exposed to it since it can damage their skin and eyes.

    For further information, please contact:

    Signify Innovations India Limited

    Natasha Tandon



    Weber Shandwick

    Priyanka Jaitly

    Tel: +91 8130081882


    About Signify


    Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals, consumers and the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. In 2023, we had sales of EUR 6.7 billion, approximately 32,000 employees and a presence in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We have been in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index since our IPO for seven consecutive years and have achieved the EcoVadis Platinum rating for four consecutive years, placing Signify in the top one percent of companies assessed. News from Signify can be found in the Newsroom, on X, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors is located on the Investor Relations page.

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