Serving COVID-affected communities

Serving COVID-affected communities

Bhaktivedanta Hospital & Research Institute gave a rapid response in times of crisis in urban and rural areas of Thane.

Bhaktivedanta Hospital & Research Institute is a 200-bed multi-specialty NABH- accredited non-profit hospital committed to integrated, holistic healthcare practice, community service, education, and research in rural and tribal areas. The Mira-Bhayandar-based hospital has done commendable work in providing healthcare services for people from vulnerable communities during the pandemic on their own and in partnership with the government.

Dr. Ajay from Bhaktivedanta Hospital says, “Like all other parts of the world, there was great confusion prevailing in Mira Bhayander, a region with a population of 1.2 million. The health care institutions were in a fix since the staff could not commute. We had two options – wait and watch, or take proactive steps within the given constraints. We approached the Municipal Commissioner and took proactive steps to take the COVID-19 pandemic head-on.”

Within two weeks, a team from Bhaktivedanta hospital converted the Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Municipal Hospital in Mira Bhayandar into a dedicated COVID facility comprising  20 ICU beds and 100 regular beds with 40+ staff and doctors taking care of protocols and training. Since March 2020, more than 3000+ patients have been treated for COVID-19, and except for patients with comorbidity, all others have recovered.

Dr. K. Venkataramanan says, “Mira-Bhayandar became a red zone, and COVID-19 cases started shooting up. We were left with no option but to activate our satellite center at PV Doshi Hospital. We needed ventilators, ECG machines, RT-PCR machines, Automated/ Semi-automated beds, Medical Supplies including PPE Kits, N95 Masks, Hand Sanitizers, etc. In partnership with Wipro Foundation, we were able to set up a dedicated COVID-19 hospital.”

In over six weeks, the team also came up with their COVID-19 testing facility – the first laboratory in Mira Bhayander and Northern Coastal districts of Maharashtra having NABL Accreditation and ICMR Approval for RT-PCR COVID-19 testing. Contributing to the ongoing search for COVID-19 treatment, the hospital has set up structured research on Panchagavya medicine in search of a cost-effective solution for preventive care.

Other than enabling COVID-19 care in partnership with the government, the hospital has performed a total of 568 emergency surgeries, 203 emergecy CathLab procedures for the heart, 65 normal deliveries and 73 Caesarian Section deliveries, and 15 fracture-surgeries from March to May 2020.

A dedicated team at Bhaktivedanta continues to provide:

  • Training and education to the doctors and nurses, while coordinating with various agencies
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Medical counseling
  • Healthcare to the rural and tribal population through satellite centers
  • Doctors at door-steps through our mobile clinics

You can reach out to Bhaktivedanta Hospital on care@bhaktivedantahospital.com