Saturday, June 27, 2020
Manipal Health Enterprises Collaborates with Government of Karnataka to Combat COVID Crisis in the State
* Manipal Hospitals Malleshwaram to be converted into a dedicated COVID facility
* Partnership with Hospitality players in Bengaluru to set up COVID care centres for mild and asymptomatic patients
* Receives statutory approvals by the regulatory authorities to perform COVID 19 Test at Manipal Hospitals, Old Airport Road Bangalore and Hospital, Manipal
In an endeavour to intensify the fight against the pandemic, Manipal Health Enterprises part of Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG) collaborates with the Government of Karnataka and converts its 100 bed fully equipped facility at Malleshwaram as a dedicated COVID unit. The facility is equipped with a 14-bed respiratory ICU and state of the art equipment to ensure seamless and efficient treatment to COVID patients. The facility also has back up imaging and a full-fledged laboratory to ensure the highest level of care to COVID 19 patients. The Group has also been approved by the regulatory authorities to perform COVID 19 Testing at its Hospital on Old Airport, Bangalore and Udupi.
The group has been working closely with the Government of Karnataka since March when the pandemic started to breakout in the State. The Chairman of Manipal Hospitals, Dr. Sudarshan Ballal was a key member of the Task Force formed by the Govt to help combat the spread of the virus. Over the last 3 months, a specialist team comprising of a Physician/Geriatrician, Intensivist, Pulmonologists, Anaesthesiologist and Nephrologist have been monitoring critically ill COVID – 19 patients across 7 districts of Karnataka via the E-Rounds initiative. The dedicated team of specialists were part of the war room to provide video consultations to critically ill patients twice a day. In the month of April, Dr TMA Hospital, a 150 bed facility in Udupi was converted to a dedicated COVID centre and became the only private Hospital in Karnataka to be designated as a COVID – 19 Hospital and has treated over 150 patients.
Dr. Ranjan Pai, Chairman, Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG) said, “These are unprecedented times not only for the country but for the whole of humanity. Manipal Group as a responsible entity is committed to serving the country and will extend every possible support to the Government. In order to build a robust healthcare response and to be able to combat COVID, it is imperative to work as a combined force. We are also exploring possibilities of collaborating with Hospitality players to set up dedicated a COVID care center for mild or asymptotic patients to further ease the burden on the healthcare system. We have successfully engaged in a similar relationship with the ITC Group for their Hotel in Dwarka through our network hospital in New Delhi.”
Sharing his thoughts Mr. Dilip Jose, MD and CEO of Manipal Health Enterprises said, “Our team of experts have been working closely with various sub committees, task forces and working groups of the Government of Karnataka and have been providing immense support to tackle the pandemic. The dedicated unit at Manipal Malleshwaram will provide the highest quality of care for COVID patients. All our regular patients requiring urgent, elective tertiary and quaternary care, will be directed to our other network hospitals on Old Airport Road and at Jayanagar and Whitefield. This will ensure safety and significantly reduce the risk for non- COVID patients visiting our Hospitals”.
About Manipal Hospitals:
As a pioneer in healthcare, Manipal Hospitals is one among the top 5 established healthcare players in India serving over 3 million patients annually. Its focus is to develop an affordable healthcare framework through its multispecialty and tertiary care delivery spectrum and further extend it to homecare. With its flagship quaternary care facility located in Bangalore (India), 9 tertiary care and 5 secondary care spread across India and abroad, Manipal Hospitals today successfully operates and manages over 5,900 beds across 15 hospitals. Manipal Hospitals provides comprehensive curative and preventive care for a multitude of patients from around the globe. Manipal Hospitals is NABH, AAHRPP accredited and most of the hospitals in its network are NABL, ER, Blood Bank accredited and recognized for Nursing Excellence. Manipal Hospitals has also been the most respected and patient recommended hospital in India through various consumer surveys.