Mission ICU " a social initiative focused on improving critical healthcare infrastructure in the country " recently launched a state-of-the-art 10-bed ICU facility at the District Hospital in Tamenglong, Manipur, with the support of Kantar, a leading data, insights and consulting company, to address the pressing needs of district and sub-district hospitals. The initiative, first of its kind in the Northeast, is a step towards bolstering critical care infrastructure across hospitals in need of assistance amidst the impending fourth wave of COVID-19.
Mission ICU has already completed installation of 100 ICU beds across the country and will now be working with the district hospitals in Northeastern states of India, to improve the critical healthcare infrastructure. Speaking about the initiative, Maanoj Shah, co-founder of Mission ICU said, "Our aim is to create a sustainable impact that lasts beyond COVID, by equipping public hospitals with state-of-the-art ICU bed facilities. With implementation of robust infrastructure at the heart of our organization, Mission ICU has already been successful in installing 100 ICU beds across the country.
" "We are also thankful for the support of our partner, Kantar, which has helped us previously in setting up ICU bed facilities in Karnataka and Odisha. We are further amplifying our operations this time with focus on the Northeast, starting with Tamenglong, and thereafter a few other districts so that hospitals can cope with future healthcare crises," Shah said.
The location (Tamenglong) was shortlisted after a detailed study of the state of medical infrastructure in several districts of Manipur. A due diligence form was sent to the district surgeon/civil surgeon to comprehend the condition of all district and sub-district hospitals following which Tamenglong was found to be most eligible to receive assistance as the current critical care infrastructure is inadequate in capacity.
The new critical-care facility installed by Mission ICU increased the critical-care capacity by 200 percent. Through this set up, Mission ICU would also extend support to the sub-district hospital in TamenglongThe new critical-care facility installed by Mission ICU increased the critical-care capacity by 200 percent. Through this set up, Mission ICU would also extend support to the sub-district hospital in Tamenglong.
Apart from bridging the gap of critical-care infrastructure in under-resourced rural hospitals, Mission ICU is also working towards the "ICU Mapping Project" that will focus on mapping critical healthcare infrastructure facilities across the country, starting with the North-eastern states.
In sync with Mission ICU's philosophy, the aim of the "ICU mapping" initiative is to identify and document the on-ground reality of the current state of critical-care healthcare facilities in under-resourced hospitals, so as to create a robust long-term plan for sustainable impact, derived from data-driven insights.
"We are excited at the prospect of extending our services with the support of Mission ICU, which will help us provide quality critical-care facilities to patients in remote areas like Tamenglong. The new ICU beds would greatly boost the treatment facilities for critical patients and create more confidence in our staff," said Dr. G Majachunglu, chief medical officer, Tamenglong district.
Each set of 10 ICU beds costs around Rs 45 lakh. The operational expenditure of Mission ICU is supported by the US Agency for International Development's (USAID) SAMRIDH Health initiative.
The hospitals were shortlisted post verification of numerous factors such as ability to accommodate extra beds, case load during COVID, population ratio and existing medical infrastructure.