Bengaluru Gets Its First Portable Hospital, Thanks To American India Foundation, Goldman Sachs, Lenovo India

The first 70-bed mobile hospital has been launched in Mother & Child Hospital, Doddaballapur, Bengaluru, Karnataka, by the American India Foundation; it has been launched with support from Goldman Sachs and Lenovo India. 

Amid the second wave, social media has been abuzz with uncountable SOS messages, from hospitals urging authorities to help them deal with the dwindling oxygen supply to doctors talking about how they are heartbroken watching patients die before their eyes -deaths which could have been prevented with the availability of necessary resources. Haunting images of ill-maintained healthcare centres and bodies piling up in crematoriums inundated our social media feeds.  

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As the second wave ravaged the country, hospitals continued to turn away seriously ill patients. Pharmacies struggled to supply essential medicines. Chat groups were filled with pleas for food delivery, home sanitisation, and requests for other Covid-related supplies.  

AIF has installed the facility as part of the philanthropic efforts of GS and Lenovo India at a time when Covid care is of the utmost importance. 

The facility is equipped with triage and treatment centres. As many as 62 beds are in isolation units and eight in the intensive care unit. With the additional 70 beds, the hospital can now treat and care for several people affected by the virus.  

There are modular portable bed units with 25-year durability. Each unit can be repurposed or deconstructed with ease to create extra space for disaster relief and community needs, 

The AIF has been working tirelessly to bring critical Covid relief. So far, it has provided 5,212 oxygen concentrators, 30,000 non-electric ventilators, 13,000 monitors, 2,600 portable hospital bed units across 35 cities. It has also offered oxygen plants across 50 cities across India.  

As part of AIF’s mission to vaccinate one million people from vulnerable communities — The First Million initiative — it had organised a vaccination drive for the first batch of persons with disabilities at Apollo Hospital, Jasola Vihar, New Delhi, on July 5. 

Under The First Million, AIF also launched Mission Corona Vijay-Har Baazu Mein Taaqat’s brand identity to address and educate people who hesitate to get vaccination due to various myths and misinformation. Persons with disabilities, migrant labourers, street vendors, sex workers, tribal populations, and women working in the unorganised sector have been recognised by the AIF as the five most vulnerable groups that require immediate intervention and attention. 

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