Mastercard and the American India Foundation (AIF) have launched the first portable hospital with 100 beds in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
The new facility has been opened at Civil hospital, Samarth Nagar in Jalna district and features a triage and treatment centres as well as 92 general beds and eight-bed intensive care unit (ICU).
With the addition of 100 new beds, the existing 350-bed capacity of Civil hospital has been further increased by 30%, which will help in treating more patients affected by Covid-19.
Mastercard provided a grant of $8.9m to AIF during the second wave of Covid-19 in India for expanding medical infrastructure across India by adding 2,000 hospital beds by September this year.
AIF has installed the new facility with the support of the Mastercard Impact Fund.
Mastercard India South Asia and Country corporate officer division president Nikhil Sahni said: “Mastercard is honoured to partner with India’s government and AIF to facilitate the rapid construction of these portable hospitals.
“These will not only provide immediate relief to individuals and families who need it, but also contribute to bolstering the country’s healthcare infrastructure and resilience in the long-term.”
The expansion of the healthcare system will allow three million people to access in-patient and outpatient services annually.
Additionally, the portability feature of the hospital will help in deconstruction of each unit or can be repurposed as extra space for various community needs.
AIF plans to build three facilities by next month in Amravati and Baramati, Maharashtra; and Bilaspur located in the state of Chhattisgarh.
AIF CEO Nishant Pandey said: “To ensure sustainable relief and preparedness for future emergencies, AIF is working with state and local governments to provide critical aid in this crisis. Partnering with state governments to augment the health infrastructure is part of our core strategy for Covid-19 relief.
“We thank the government and Mastercard for providing us with an opportunity to serve the people in critical need of intervention through these 2,000 beds fitted with oxygen concentrators, ventilators and other medical supplies.”
In another development in India, the Osmania General Hospital in Hyderabad, Telangana, was equipped with 50 new ICU beds.
Funding for the construction of the new modern ICU was provided by American technology company Cognizant, as part of its ‘Operation C3’, a nationwide rapid response programme to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.