KT Rama Rao Minister for IT, Industries & Commerce, MA&UD and NRI Affairs inaugurated a full-fledged 100 bed Covid Care Centre equipped with 6 Bedded Bridge ICU Facility of Project Ashray at Madhapur in the city today.
Project Ashray is a Medical Covid Care Centre opened on May 3 exclusively for Early-Stage Covid Patients. Initially, it was a 50 bedded facility and subsequently scaled up to 100 beds. Now KT Rama Rao inaugurated the Bridge ICU Facility and upgraded the 100-bed covid care facility.
Speaking on the occasion immediately after it was inaugurated KT Rama Rao appreciated Cyberabad Police, SCSC, a unique collaborative body between IT Industry Police and the Government and the United Way of Hyderabad, an International Network of local nonprofit fundraising affiliates, Hysea, Nasscom, TiE, Grace Cancer Foundation for all their efforts.
United Way of Hyderabad mobilised medical supplies worth Rs 80 crore through the IT industry during the first wave last year. Now again in this second wave, it is supporting by way of mobilising funds for 100 bedded Project Ashray. This facility is meant for Covid patients with mild to moderate symptoms. All the facilities are provided free of cost. I am happy to inaugurate the upgraded 100 bed Covid Care Centre with full-fledged 6 bedded Bridge ICU facility
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Currently, 38 patients are undergoing treatment here. The Treatment, Stay and feed, etc are provided free. It has two buildings. The facility is scalable to 150 beds KTR said
He further stated that Covid devastated the whole world. We must fight it collectively. It is our collective battle. We must stand united in this battle and fight it together to win it over the Minister said. We discussed Just before this inauguration how we can put our concerted efforts to challenge it KTR informed.
Replying to a question, the Minister said our first priority now is how to increase vaccination drive. He also stated that Govt has called for the supply of 1 crore vaccine dosages. The Telangana Government is pursuing the matter with the Union Government.
He further said, Hyderabad is the Vaccine Capital of the World. It is a manufacturing hub of vaccines. Unfortunately, we don’t have sufficient vaccines to inoculate our people. The Telangana Govt has the capability to vaccinate 1 million vaccines a day and vaccinate entire state in 45 days, KT Rama Rao, informed to the select few gathering. The demand for vaccines is more and the supply is negate, he said
We have appealed to the Government of India to allow us to source vaccines directly from the manufacturers. Punjab and seven other states have also made a similar request. But, you all know it is being controlled by the Government of India, he said
Speaking further on it the IT minister said, we have a very peculiar situation. In countries like the USA, Denmark, Canada, and other countries, the vaccines are lying idle unused. On the other side, we are in dire need of them. I request the Government of India to step up and help us and states in this matter.
The government of India and the state governments must work in sync to inoculate people and secure them from the Covid. And also gear up for the next and future waves of any.
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Giving his opening remarks, Ramesh Kaza of United Way of Hyderabad said, the Project Ashray is in no way different from regular hospitals. The industry associations have come together to set up this facility in a record time of five days. We must discourage patients from going straight from home to ICU. We must prevent their explosive to radiation.
The bridge ICU may not be comparable to ICUs in full fledged hospitals, but this will help our patients being shifted to the hospitals. This is the project of collective effort he said.
Project Ashray is co-anchored by Society for Cyberabad Security Council (SCSC) and United Way of Hyderabad. United Way of Hyderabad is the charity partner and handling funding through CSR contributions from corporates. This center is set up in collaboration with HYSEA, NASSCOM, TiE-Hyderabad, T-SIG, AMCHAM, Grace Cancer Foundation.
Arekapudi Gandhi, MLA; Naveen, MLC Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, IT, Industries & Commerce; VC Sajjanar, Commissioner of Police, Cyberabad, Prateek Jain, Adl Dist. Collector, Rangareddy Dist, Ravikiran Zonal Commissioner, Serilingampalli, several industry heads Krishna Yedula, General Secretary of SCSC; Bharani Aroll, President of HYSEA; Ramesh Kaza of United Way; Viveck Verma, Project Ashray; Prof Ramesh Loganathan; Amarnath Reddy CRO, and others graced the occasion.