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330 Critical Care Unit Beds added to 4 Government hospitals in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Telangana by YouWeCan Foundation in partnership with GiveIndia

A glimpse of a hospital ward where CCU beds have been installed by YouWeCan Foundation in partnership with GiveIndia under Mission 1000 Beds initiative

Under its #Mission1000Beds initiative, YouWeCan Foundation run by international cricketing icon Yuvraj Singh has partnered with GiveIndia platform to scale up the critical care facilities at Government hospitals in four states of India. Under this partnership, a total of 330 Critical Care Unit (CCU) beds have been installed at four Government hospitals in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Telangana. Also, 16,571 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Kits were also distributed at different government hospitals.

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The project has been funded by GiveIndia, with a total investment of over INR 6.53 Crores. These funds have been used to set up 80 CCU beds at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College in Indore (Madhya Pradesh), 100 CCU beds at the Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute in Bangalore (Karnataka), 100 CCU beds at theGovernment Medical College & Hospital in Ariyalur(Tamil Nadu) and another 50 CCU beds at the Govt. Medical College & Govt. General Hospital in Mahbubnagar (Telangana). The funds contributed by GiveIndia were also used to purchase the PPE kits.

On this initiative, Yuvraj Singh said, “When the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic overwhelmed the healthcare infrastructure across the country, people suffered immensely while trying to procure ICU beds, oxygen cylinders and other healthcare facilities to save the lives of their loved ones. I myself experienced a personal loss during this time a330 Critical Care Unit Beds added to 4 Government hospitals in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Telangana by YouWeCan Foundation in partnership with GiveIndiand felt an acute need to extend my support to the healthcare providers and frontline workers in their fight against the pandemic. Therefore, we launched the #Mission1000Beds initiative wherein we are setting up COVID-19 critical care facilities at hospitals across the country to increase existing capacities.”

The #Mission1000Beds initiative was launched by YouWeCan Foundation in partnership with OneDigital Entertainment on June 1, 2021 in response to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a hospital capacity expansion solution that aims to rapidly scale up critical care facilities and strengthen the capacity of Government, army and charitable hospitals across Indiaby setting up oxygenated beds, ventilators and BiPAP machines, along with other essential medical equipment that is required for critical care of COVID-19 patients. Beyond COVID-19, the infrastructure built by #Mission1000Beds will also support other critical care requirements for the future.

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Mr AtulSatija, CEO, GiveIndia, said, “GiveIndia believes that it is important to enhance the government’s efforts in building long-term medical infrastructure. The severity of the pandemic also highlighted the value of emergency care in public hospitals. By working closely with YouWeCan, we are glad that we have established critical care units in hospitals in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana. The PPE kits will increase the safety of frontline workers.”

Shabir Momin, Managing Director &Chief Technology Officer, OneDigital Entertainment, said, “We are setting up critical care beds primarily in smaller centers in India after undertaking a comprehensive need assessment based on the number of cases in that location till date and the current capacity of the hospitals. Beyond COVID-19, the infrastructure built by #Mission1000Beds will also support future cancer care requirements. After successfully deploying 1000 beds in the first phase of this initiative, we are now commencing phase two to add more beds.”

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