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Coronavirus Warriors: IIT Alumni Develops Foldable, Portable COVID-19 Hospital That Can Be Installed Anywhere Within Two Hours  


MediCAB, the foldable portable hospital developed by Modulus Housing solution set up by IIT alumni, consists of four zones including a doctor’s room, an isolation room, a medical room/ward and a twin-bed ICU

Coronavirus Warriors: IIT Alumni Develops Foldable, Portable COVID-19 Hospital That Can Be Installed Anywhere Within Two Hours  


New Delhi: At a time when India’s healthcare system is overwhelmed with coronavirus cases, with 40,000 new COVID-19 positive cases being reported from the country, an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras incubated start-up, Modulus Housing solution has developed a unique foldable and portable hospital unit that can be installed anywhere within two hours by four people. The portable hospital is called MediCAB, which is a decentralised approach to detect, screen, identify, isolate and treat COVID-19 patients in their local communities.

Talking about the project, Shreeram Ravichandran, Chief Executive Officer of Modulus Housing, said,

The pandemic is such that it is difficult to construct buildings from scratch as the requirement is immediate. As the rural population density is relatively low, more micro-hospitals can help greatly in tackling COVID-19 cases.

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Currently, the pilot hospital has been recently deployed in the Wayanad district in Kerala to treat coronavirus patients. Sharing more details about the infrastructure of MediCab – the portable hospital, Mr Ravichandran added,

The MediCAB is a foldable unit which is composed of four zones – a doctor’s room, an isolation room, a medical room/ward and a twin-bed ICU, maintained at negative pressure. The cabins are tightly sealed to make it dust-proof, and, have in-built electricals which are just plug-play. The structure leverages the efficacy of modular construction along with indigenous innovation to address the challenges in India spread across various regions when it comes to COVID. India has 0.7 beds per 1,000 persons, as against the benchmark of 5 per 1000 persons specified by World Health Organisation. To address the shortage at this point of time, these portable hospitals will come really handy. Post Covid-19, these can be transformed into micro-hospitals/clinics in rural India where the medical infrastructure needs to be augmented. The structure of the hospital is made in such a way that it can cope up with any weather and is durable.

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The startup collaborated with Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) which provided inputs on the certifications and customizations necessary for the project.

Talking about COVID-19 and how these health infrastructures can be best utilised, Mr Ravichandran said,

India’s healthcare system is badly stretched today due to coronavirus pandemic. Secondly, it is very crucial to have health infrastructure in place to win this battle.  With a contagious disease such as COVID-19, it is essential to have smart health infrastructure to screen, contain and treat people. In urban areas, there is plenty of existing infrastructures that can be converted to hospitals, it is the rural areas that struggle a lot because of spaces and limited resources. To cope up with this challenge, MediCAB has been designed. Once we see how the outcome is from the prototype that has been set up in Kerala, we will deploy it in other areas as well.

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This is not the first time the start-up has come into the picture or developed such a prototype. The journey of Modulus Housing Solution started in 2015 as a social impact innovation when the deluge in Chennai took hundreds of lives and displaced lakhs from their homes. That is the moment when the IIT Alumni decided to do something about it and set up this start-up. Mr Ravichandran adds,

The first and foremost problem fought by the displaced was shelter and we thought of ways to solve it. After some gruelling research, we came up with the idea of foldable housing. The project was initiated in 2016 as an academic project. We successfully developed a prototype of our model.  In 2018, we were declared as the best startup on-campus and also as the best startup in tech and innovation conducted by Shell during Shaastra, which is the annual technical festival of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai. We developed our first product in 2019 and successfully piloted it at IIT Madras Research Park. We also got the opportunity to be part of an elite group of 42 startups to be selected for Rice University business plan, the world’s largest student startup competition. Since then, our products have been purchased by Larsen & Toubro, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, TATA Projects etc. to be used for various purposes including site offices and labour hutments. And now here we are in 2020 dealing with this one of a kind pandemic – coronavirus.

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World

26,14,68,997Cases
22,22,61,229Active
3,40,08,183Recovered
51,99,585Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,14,68,997 and 51,99,585 have died; 22,22,61,229 are active cases and 3,40,08,183 have recovered as on November 29, 2021 at 3:42 am.

India

3,45,72,523 8,774Cases
1,05,6911,328Active
3,39,98,278 9,481Recovered
4,68,554 621Deaths
In India, there are 3,45,72,523 confirmed cases including 4,68,554 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,05,691 and 3,39,98,278 have recovered as on November 28, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,33,612 507

11,905 248

64,80,799 738

1,40,908 17

Kerala

51,29,359 4,741

49,152 957

50,40,528 5,144

39,679 554

Karnataka

29,95,285 322

6,783 143

29,50,306 176

38,196 3

Tamil Nadu

27,24,731 740

8,382 36

26,79,895 765

36,454 11

Andhra Pradesh

20,72,446 248

2,158 5

20,55,856 253

14,432

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,373 5

86 5

16,87,377 9

22,910 1

West Bengal

16,14,152 701

7,820 27

15,86,882 717

19,450 11

Delhi

14,40,834 27

290 11

14,15,448 37

25,096 1

Odisha

10,48,492 264

2,222 6

10,37,864 255

8,406 3

Chhattisgarh

10,06,733 27

326 7

9,92,814 20

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,741 26

187 13

9,45,599 13

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,382 28

291 17

8,16,999 45

10,092

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,120 23

112 9

7,82,480 14

10,528

Haryana

7,71,654 11

159 1

7,61,441 10

10,054

Bihar

7,26,212 3

39 6

7,16,510 9

9,663

Telangana

6,75,479 160

3,545 11

6,67,946 148

3,988 1

Assam

6,16,435 123

2,720 71

6,07,624 189

6,091 5

Punjab

6,03,190 17

313 22

5,86,284 39

16,593

Jharkhand

3,49,216 20

109 0

3,43,967 20

5,140

Uttarakhand

3,44,183 14

150 6

3,36,626 8

7,407

Jammu And Kashmir

3,36,386 149

1,724 5

3,30,189 141

4,473 3

Himachal Pradesh

2,26,941 82

809 18

2,22,287 97

3,845 3

Goa

1,78,839 40

275 9

1,75,183 31

3,381

Mizoram

1,34,279 358

4,117 110

1,29,672 466

490 2

Puducherry

1,28,860 35

326 5

1,26,662 30

1,872

Manipur

1,25,117 19

673 1

1,22,474 18

1,970 2

Tripura

84,784 13

89 9

83,874 3

821 1

Meghalaya

84,414 20

308 27

82,635 44

1,471 3

Chandigarh

65,443 5

52 4

64,571 1

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,269 9

37 4

54,952 5

280

Sikkim

32,211 4

114 5

31,694 9

403

Nagaland

32,100 4

135 1

31,269 5

696

Ladakh

21,494 27

249 6

21,032 21

213

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

1 0

10,678

4

Lakshadweep

10,394

28 1

10,315 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,680 2

5 2

7,546

129

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