India Covid Crisis – We Can Help!
IBC churches may be looking for ways to help in India. European Baptist Mission International (EBMI), which the IBC is a member of, has a brand-new project in one of their hospitals in Pithapuram. The hospital has been asked by the government to open a ward for COVID-19 patients.
Dr. Amruth Lal, medical director of the hospital writes: “As we all know, presently our country is facing a huge crisis in its health care system due to second wave of COVID-19. The present situation is very pathetic, as people are suffering from lack of oxygen and lack of beds in hospital which is creating lot of panic and uncertainty in people’s lives. Poor people who are affected are unable to get to the corporate hospitals due to lack of money and knowledge. Many of them are getting to the hospitals at a late stage at which the medical staff are also helpless.
“The people in and around Pithapuram are in dire need of medical services as the pandemic has reached a new peak in the spread of the disease. Most of the population comes from lower socio-economic classes. The demanding medical bills that are levied on them if they reach out to the private medical services would put them in a lifelong debt which might even last longer than their lives.”
CMC Pithapuram wants to extend its services by initiating a COVID-19-ward and fever clinic. They plan to create awareness about the red flag signs for when to move to hospital for health assistance, in order to reduce the mortality rate. They will form a small team to include a doctor, nurse, lab technician, and a pharmacist. The team will identify the early signs and symptoms, treat them and counsel them as to when to go to hospital and when to stay safe at home.
For the treatment they need the following equipment:
- A BPAP machine which is a form of non-invasive ventilation (NIV) therapy used to facilitate breathing. BPAP machines may be used in hospitals to treat breathing emergencies. Because they’re non-invasive, they’re often a preferable treatment to intubation. The second wave of COVID-19 is leading more into acute respiratory distress conditions in people. These BPAP machine helps in facilitate in breathing.
- An ABG machine (arterial blood gas analyser): An arterial blood gases (ABG) test measures the acidity (PH) and the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood from an artery. This test is used to find out how well the lungs are able to move oxygen into the blood and remove carbon dioxide from the blood. The results from this machine help us to evaluate the prognosis of the patient.
- NIBP O2 Monitors: Non-invasive blood pressure monitor along with oxygen monitor, these machines will continuously monitor the B.P and oxygen levels of the patient.
All these machines are essential in continuous monitoring of the patient’s health.
Donations may be sent directly to EBMI by bank transfer or clicking the button below.
Spar- und Kreditbank EFG, Bad Homburg
IBAN: DE 69 5009 2100 0000 0468 68
Please designate project number 80090
Donations may also be sent to the IBC Office designated India project.