SRI SATHYA SAI SARLA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Need of the Hour - Covid Care Facility
Muddenahalli, Chikkaballapur district, Karnataka, India
The CHALLENGE - RURAL HEALTHCARE
The COVID-19 pandemic has overwhelmed healthcare systems in India, and the need of the hour is additional hospital beds and quality healthcare to meet the current medical needs of the rural poor. The country is being swallowed as the number of COVID-19 infections are reaching 400,000 cases per day. In the State of Karnataka, COVID-19 infections have surged to 35,000 cases per day. Studies show that 17% of the infected patients require oxygenated beds or HDU care in a facility with oxygen supply and monitoring systems. And 3% of these patients need ICU admissions. Karnataka needs over 75,000 oxygenated beds and around 13,000 ICU beds. In comparison, the state has only 22,000 oxygenated beds and 700 ICU beds.
Completion in July 2021
The Sri Sathya Sai Sarla Memorial Hospital in the district of Chikkaballapur, in the state of Karnataka, is gearing up to rise to the occasion. The 63,000 sq. ft hospital will offer 125 HDU and oxygenated beds, and 25 ICU beds, free of cost to the rural population. The criticality of providing this infrastructure is highlighted by the fact that there are not enough hospitals with ICU facilities in the district and some of its neighboring towns.