COVID-19 Second Wave: Bengaluru Converts Old Buses Into ‘ICU On Wheels’

COVID-19 Second Wave: Bengaluru Converts Old Buses Into ‘ICU On Wheels’

While the buses are not exactly as per the ICU standard in hospitals, but, amid the ongoing health crisis, this can help those who are moderately infected and have oxygen saturation between 85-90 per cent, as per the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation
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Karnataka Government is planning to extend this facility to more district headquarters in the state and is encouraging hospitals and NGOs to come forward and helpKarnataka Government is planning to extend this facility to more district headquarters in the state and is encouraging hospitals and NGOs to come forward and help
Highlights
  • ICU on Wheels is made by converting old buses
  • It is an initiative by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation
  • The corporation aims to set up 100 such buses

New Delhi: With an aim to fulfil the demand for oxygen beds for COVID-19 patients in and around Bengaluru, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation has set up an ‘ICU on Wheels’. A five-bed ICU ambulance has been set up already and the corporation aims to prepare 100 such buses in the next three to four months. The ICU ambulance also has a provision for ventilators. Managing Director of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, Mr Shri Shivyogi tells NDTV,

We are converting buses from our existing fleet into ICU on wheels. We thought of this concept about 15-20 days back because there was a huge demand for providing oxygen beds to the COVID-19 patients in and around Bengaluru.

Talking about the level of facilities in the ICU on wheels as compared to an ICU in hospitals, Mr Shivyogi said,

This will be more like a step-down hospital, not an ICU of the exact hospital standard. But, amid the ongoing health crisis, this can really help those who are moderately infected and have oxygen saturation between 85-90 per cent. They can always avail this facility and it will help keep ICU beds vacant for those who need it the most.

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The ambulance is an old bus and these needed to be renovated, so the corporation involved its own human resources which helped them cut the cost down, Mr Shivyogi explained. He said that the main expenditure was the medical equipment and facilities, so it cost them about 8-10 lakh in conversions charges for a bus.

We are in touch with NGOs and Industries for CSR opportunities to take the idea further and convert more than 100 such buses within 2-4 months to help the people of Bengaluru in such a crisis situation.

Karnataka Government is planning to extend this facility to more district headquarters in the state and is encouraging hospitals and NGOs to come forward and help with the channelising of the ‘ICU on Wheels’.

The number of COVID-19 recoveries continues to outnumber fresh infections in Karnataka, as the state on Monday reported 57,333 discharges and 25,311 new cases, as per the health department data. The state yesterday reported 529 more deaths, taking the toll to 25,811, while the total number of infections in the state stood at 24,50,215.

Of the new cases reported Monday, 5,701 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 34,378 discharges and 297 deaths. As of May 24 evening, cumulatively 24,50,215 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 25,811 deaths and 19,83,948 discharges, the Health department said in its bulletin. Total number of active cases in the state stood at 4,40,435. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 23.28 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 2.09 per cent.

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Ballari reported 19 deaths, Bengaluru Rural (18), Belagavi (17), Shivamogga (16), Dharwad (15), followed by others. Mysuru accounted for 2,680 fresh cases, Tumakuru 1,662, Hassan 1,156, Uttara Kannada 1,110, followed by others.

A total of over 2,88,16,043 samples have been tested, of which 1,08,723 were tested on Monday alone.

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World

19,66,15,634Cases
6,33,31,644Active
12,90,85,240Recovered
41,98,750Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,66,15,634 and 41,98,750 have died; 6,33,31,644 are active cases and 12,90,85,240 have recovered as on July 30, 2021 at 4:07 am.

India

3,15,72,344 44,230Cases
4,05,155 1,315Active
3,07,43,972 42,360Recovered
4,23,217 555Deaths
In India, there are 3,15,72,344 confirmed cases including 4,23,217 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,05,155 and 3,07,43,972 have recovered as on July 30, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

62,90,156 7,242

81,933 3,980

60,75,888 11,032

1,32,335 190

Kerala

33,49,365 22,064

1,55,327 5,287

31,77,453 16,649

16,585 128

Karnataka

29,01,247 2,052

23,277 685

28,41,479 1,332

36,491 35

Tamil Nadu

25,55,664 1,859

21,207 314

25,00,434 2,145

34,023 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,62,049 2,107

21,279 280

19,27,438 1,807

13,332 20

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,373 60

784 16

16,84,834 44

22,755

West Bengal

15,26,539 766

11,300 70

14,97,116 822

18,123 14

Delhi

14,36,144 51

554 19

14,10,541 70

25,049

Chhattisgarh

10,01,781 130

2,086 140

9,86,175 270

13,520

Odisha

9,74,132 1,615

15,276 489

9,53,088 2,039

5,768 65

Rajasthan

9,53,622 17

259 9

9,44,410 26

8,953

Gujarat

8,24,829 27

268 6

8,14,485 33

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,796 18

130 0

7,81,153 18

10,513

Haryana

7,69,858 30

712 10

7,59,516 17

9,630 3

Bihar

7,24,719 46

481 1

7,14,596 42

9,642 3

Telangana

6,43,716 623

9,188 126

6,30,732 746

3,796 3

Punjab

5,99,005 58

553 6

5,82,162 60

16,290 4

Assam

5,64,030 1,299

14,114 385

5,44,695 1,664

5,221 20

Jharkhand

3,47,105 56

259 22

3,41,720 34

5,126

Uttarakhand

3,41,982 48

669 3

3,33,952 51

7,361

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,207 181

1,144 5

3,15,686 175

4,377 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,05,728 229

1,098 145

2,01,110 84

3,520

Goa

1,70,900 90

1,077 5

1,66,679 93

3,144 2

Puducherry

1,20,725 98

972 49

1,17,961 49

1,792

Manipur

96,824 1,000

10,895 27

84,408 1,016

1,521 11

Tripura

78,059 271

3,640 221

73,665 488

754 4

Meghalaya

63,745 731

5,750 294

56,933 423

1,062 14

Chandigarh

61,948 5

37 1

61,102 4

809

Arunachal Pradesh

47,477 335

4,252 49

43,000 383

225 1

Mizoram

37,171 764

11,862 252

25,168 511

141 1

Nagaland

27,653 67

1,299 51

25,798 114

556 4

Sikkim

26,132 276

3,297 180

22,498 92

337 4

Ladakh

20,324 4

60 4

20,057 8

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,643 1

36 5

10,603 6

4

Lakshadweep

10,162 7

70 6

10,042 13

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,534 3

10 3

7,395

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