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Godrej Appliances and Sure Chill team up to provide precise cooling to store vaccine and blood

Our Bureau, Bengaluru
Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 12:35 Hrs  [IST]

Godrej Appliances in partnership with the UK-based The Sure Chill Company will now provide precise cooling to preserve vaccines used worldwide in immunisation programmes and for the storage of blood in blood banks.

This has led Godrej to make its maiden foray into healthcare to develop and manufacture these refrigerators for sale in India and neighboring markets covering SAARC and MENA countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, UAE among others.

The new Godrej medical refrigerators with Sure Chill technology helps maintain the optimum temperature range of 2-8 degrees. This according to the company is critical for vaccine preservation and blood storage, even in the case of power outages for as long as 8-12 days in ambient temperatures of 43°C, thereby making it fit for the global immunisation needs.

Commenting on the launch, Jamshyd Godrej, managing director and chairman, Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Ltd said that the partnership with the Sure Chill Company to create a revolutionary product will help governments across the world in their immunisation efforts to save millions of lives. This endeavour brings alive the Make-in-India call voiced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is also an ethos Godrej has believed in since inception.

The breakthrough technology launched by Sure Chill and Godrej is an exciting new innovation which has the potential to save millions of lives, said Sir Richard Feachem, director of the Global Health Group at UCSF Global Health Sciences.

According to Peter Saunders, chairman, The Sure Chill Company,  traditional cooling technologies simply do not protect vaccines. They fail when power is lost or often expose vaccines to freezing temperatures when power is available. The Sure Chill technology, is already used in over 30 countries.

“We have been able to increase the hold-over time of the vaccine refrigerators by 30 per cent. The voltage stabilizer and spike guard would prevent voltage fluctuations. It also ensures superior performance of the vaccine refrigerator by building in an early intelligent warning system,” Kamal Nandi, business head and EVP, Godrej Appliances.

Godrej Sure Chill will be available in two model variants--100 liters priced between Rs. 1.35 lakh and Rs. 1.5 lakhs. The 50 liters is priced between Rs. 65,000 and Rs. 75,000. These medical refrigerators meet strict specifications of WHO and are listed as PQS prequalified (Performance, Quality and Safety standards) products.

 

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