Niira Radia

Leading Private Healthcare in Fight Against COVID-19

In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, private medical leaders like Niira Radia led Nayati Healthcare, Apollo Hospitals, among others, step forward to contribute in the battle against Covid-19 pandemic

The outbreak of coronavirus has brought the entire country to a standstill. With the increasing number of patients, the private healthcare sector has come forward to aid the public healthcare providers for combating Covid-19.

Several response plans have been devised by the leading medical providers. The onus of battling such a pandemic lies with both private as well as public healthcare players, believes Niira Radia, Chairperson of Nayati Healthcare.

“Considering the steep rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country and Uttar Pradesh contributing substantially to those numbers, we, at Nayati, are fully geared for the treatment of coronavirus patients at our facilities — Nayati Medicity Mathura and Nayati Hospital Agra,” says Niira Radia.

Apart from Nayati Healthcare, other leading medical players like Apollo Hospitals have also come up with a response plan for covid-19 cases in the form of a project named Kawach. It includes all aspects from information, screening, assessment, and testing, to preparing the infrastructure for quarantine and treatment. The hospital has also dedicated 250 beds for the treatment of Covid-19 patients across the country.

Addressing the healthcare fraternity, Dr Reddy focused on  the crucial role healthcare workers and other essential service providers are playing in this fight against the deadly virus. “I salute the spirit of each doctor, the nurses, the technicians, paramedical staff, supporting staff and administrators, and the unsung heroes who we never think about like the manufacturers, the transporters, the delivery boys who are ensuring that essential medication, food and diagnostic services are available for all of us on the front line to treat you all,” he said.

In its attempt to keep a check on the increasing number of coronavirus cases, Fortis Healthcare also has an action plan in place. It has set up isolation wards in every single branch throughout the country, along with earmarking 262 beds for the treatment of Covid-19 patients. Apart from this, the group also donated a sum of Rs. 5.90 crore to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

Explaining about the measures undertaken, Dr Ashutosh Raghuvanshi, MD and CEO, Fortis Healthcare, said, “I am grateful for the measures taken by the Government to support health professionals and workers in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. These are testing times and the fight against coronavirus will require everyone’s support. We would be obliged to extend any further support to the Government initiatives aimed at mitigating the lives of those affected.”

A 200-bed facility has also been dedicated by Max Hospital in Greater Noida for the treatment of the virus-afflicted. According to Max Healthcare Chairman, Abhay Soi, this was done to prevent Covid-19 patients cohort with other patients. “One of the few things which is working in our favour is that India is a couple of weeks behind the curve compared to some other nations on the spread of this pandemic,” Soi said.

Certainly, the robust efforts undertaken by private healthcare players are contributing significantly in the battle against coronavirus. However, the increasing number of covid-19 cases calls for more such efforts from other healthcare units to fight against this pandemic.