Bengaluru: With India fighting the second wave of the coronavirus, people are going out of their way to help their fellow citizens. 

The lack of availability of oxygen and hospital beds is a major concern. To alleviate the miseries arising out of it, an apartment complex in Bengaluru has created a ‘mini hospital’ on its premises. Some other complexes have opened Covid care centres for their residents, reports Times of India. 

The apartments in question are Ranka Heights in Domlur. It has set up an emergency medical room (EMR) in its clubhouse with support from Manipal Hospitals. 

It has oxygen concentrators, hospital beds, oximeters, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, nebuliser and phablet, readily available to monitor the health of patients.

It is also interesting to note that around 10 residents have been trained as volunteers to man the EMR in an emergency, as there is a dearth of volunteers. 

Docs offer virtual guidance

Manipal Hospitals is offering assistance through video consultation. As per the advice of the doctors, the team present at the apartments follows the advice and does the needful. 

“When the surge began, our apartment had about 18 Covid cases. Delay in hospitalisation and ambulance arrival was a major concern. We thought we could handle the situation under doctors’ guidance and decided to set up the facility,” the website quoted Abdul Kuddus, a resident of the apartment and trained volunteer as saying. 

Karthik Rajagopal, chief operating officer, Manipal Hospitals, was also quoted by the website saying thus: “Given the current situation wherein apartments are witnessing a rapid spread of Covid cases, enhancing EMR support is one of the measures that addresses the need of the hour to support people. We hope to see this measure address basic needs of those testing positive, and endeavour to help more people during this crisis through interim healthcare centres in more apartments in Bengaluru in the coming days”.