Indian healthcare major Apollo Hospitals has launched project ‘Kavach’ to tackle rising number of cases of Coronavirus which has wreaked havoc across word including India. The project encompasses information sharing, screening and assessment, testing and readying the infrastructure for quarantine and treatment. The virus has caused the death of 27 people and infected more than 1,100 across country with Kerala, and Maharashtra are worst affected states.
To execute the plans, the Apollo group has dedicated 250 beds out of its total network of around 8,000 beds for Corona patients.
“We are fighting a war not just for this generation but also for the generations to come. ‘Project Kavach’ will augment the government’s initiatives to address the Covid-19 pandemic and is part of our pledge to partner with the government and be at the front lines in this critical battle,” said Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group.
Under the comprehensive plan, Apollo Hospitals will soon launch “Project Stay I” – under which hotels and hostels will be created as medical rooms with light medical supervision for quarantine. This will prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed once the number of screenings has increased.
“While we hope that community transmission does not take place on a large scale, we need to be prepared for the eventuality. There will be over 250 beds which can be enhanced to 500 beds, created only to treat the critically ill at any given time. We expect to give advanced care to over 2,000 patients a month,” said Preetha Reddy, Vice-Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group.