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

17,66,30,634Cases
5,80,25,717Active
11,47,82,895Recovered
38,22,022Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,66,30,634 and 38,22,022 have died; 5,80,25,717 are active cases and 11,47,82,895 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 3:30 am.

India

2,96,33,105 62,224Cases
8,65,43247,946Active
2,83,88,100 1,07,628Recovered
3,79,573 2,542Deaths
In India, there are 2,96,33,105 confirmed cases including 3,79,573 deaths. The number of active cases is 8,65,432 and 2,83,88,100 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,24,773 7,652

1,41,440 8,982

56,69,179 15,176

1,14,154 1,458

Karnataka

27,77,010 5,041

1,62,303 9,859

25,81,559 14,785

33,148 115

Kerala

27,48,204 12,246

1,12,792 1,456

26,23,904 13,536

11,508 166

Tamil Nadu

23,78,298 11,805

1,25,215 11,669

22,23,015 23,207

30,068 267

Andhra Pradesh

18,20,134 5,741

75,134 4,879

17,32,948 10,567

12,052 53

Uttar Pradesh

17,03,207 270

7,221 890

16,74,072 1,104

21,914 56

West Bengal

14,68,044 3,268

20,046 1,125

14,30,949 2,068

17,049 75

Delhi

14,31,498 228

3,078 148

14,03,569 364

24,851 12

Chhattisgarh

9,88,172 609

11,717 943

9,63,113 1,544

13,342 8

Rajasthan

9,50,133 172

5,619 848

9,35,658 1,006

8,856 14

Odisha

8,59,526 3,405

44,358 3,436

8,11,780 6,799

3,388 42

Gujarat

8,21,078 352

8,884 658

8,02,187 1,006

10,007 4

Madhya Pradesh

7,88,649 224

3,610 331

7,76,424 528

8,615 27

Haryana

7,66,357 228

3,703 374

7,53,584 564

9,070 38

Bihar

7,17,949 410

4,360 412

7,04,075 813

9,514 9

Telangana

6,06,436 1,556

19,933 528

5,82,993 2,070

3,510 14

Punjab

5,89,153 628

10,802 1,111

5,62,701 1,691

15,650 48

Assam

4,66,590 3,415

41,184 475

4,21,378 2,906

4,028 34

Jharkhand

3,43,793 184

2,646 416

3,36,058 596

5,089 4

Uttarakhand

3,37,449 274

3,642 266

3,26,822 515

6,985 25

Jammu And Kashmir

3,08,726 715

12,407 1,125

2,92,114 1,830

4,205 10

Himachal Pradesh

1,99,197 321

4,050 382

1,91,737 691

3,410 12

Goa

1,63,048 327

4,175 231

1,55,926 548

2,947 10

Puducherry

1,13,192 355

4,668 279

1,06,828 629

1,696 5

Chandigarh

61,200 40

486 21

59,917 58

797 3

Manipur

61,096 785

8,744 301

51,354 476

998 8

Tripura

60,385 536

4,886 65

54,870 596

629 5

Meghalaya

42,759 450

4,430 99

37,579 542

750 7

Arunachal Pradesh

31,938 290

2,849 40

28,934 326

155 4

Nagaland

23,854 101

2,972 229

20,423 327

459 3

Ladakh

19,649 38

552 20

18,898 57

199 1

Sikkim

18,659 209

3,239 67

15,136 273

284 3

Mizoram

15,899 268

3,637 45

12,191 312

71 1

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,473 9

61 2

10,408 7

4

Lakshadweep

9,297 61

484 36

8,768 96

45 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,280 11

105 4

7,049 15

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