At a time when no District Hospital in Karnataka runs on a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model at present and there is a history of failed PPP arrangements in running Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Mysuru has achieved the distinction of opening the first COVID healthcare unit at Princess Krishnajammanni Super-Speciality Hospital, located on KRS Road behind Trauma Care Centre.
The District Administration had some time back announced that this Super-Speciality Hospital with 220 beds will be converted into a COVID Hospital. Joining hands with the Government (Mysore Medical College and Research Institute) in this first Private-Public Joint Venture is Automotive Axles-Kalyani Meritor HVS India (P) Ltd. that is sponsoring medical and critical care equipment, Ashakirana Charitable Trust and Gopal Gowda Shanthaveri Memorial Hospital that are jointly providing medical care facilities and manpower, logistic supplies management and also overall management of the healthcare unit.
The Hospital will start functioning from today with 25 beds and the remaining 75 beds will be added in phases in the next 10 days. Automotive Axles-Kalyani Meritor HVS India has donated 100 hi-tech beds at an estimated cost of about Rs. 2 crore to Rs. 2.5 crore. As per the communication from the District Administration, initially, 30 ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds and 40 HDU (High Dependency Unit) beds will be available and gradually scaled up to 100 beds.
Deputy Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri visited the Hospital last evening along with President and Executive Director of Meritor HVS India Dr. N. Muthukumar, Dr. H.V. Santhrupth, General Surgeon and Head of Gopala Gowda Shanthaveri Memorial Hospital, K.S. Gururaja, Founder Trustee, Ashakirana Trust, MMC&RI Dean Dr. C.P. Nanjaraj and Nodal Officer Dr. Mohan. This morning, Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha visited the Hospital and examined the facilities. He interacted with the staff working there to set up the ICU, monitors and related critical care equipment.
In a statement, Rohini Sindhuri has said that in Mysuru there has been a persistent need to increase ICU beds and even at this juncture, there is a waiting line of 25 patients in oxygen beds to be shifted to ICUs.
“The challenges have been manpower (specialists, doctors, nurses and Group D workers) and equipment. We are trying out this PPP model wherein doctors from Gopala Gowda Hospital have collaborated with the Super Speciality Hospital and MMC&RI to monitor the ICU care. This solves our manpower issue. Meritor Group’s Dr. Muthukumar has supplied the ICU beds, BiPAP machines and monitors. This solves our equipment issue,” she said.
“We have been working on this for the past 15 days and from May 20 (today), there will be 30 beds available and gradually will be increased up to 100 ICU beds. We hope that this will ease the demand for ICU beds in Mysuru. However, since people from neighbouring districts and Bengaluru too come to Mysuru in search for ventilators, this has been a constant struggle,” DC Rohini Sindhuri added.