The cofounder of Sun Microsystems made the announcement at the virtual launch of the first unit of a 10-bed ICU project at Telangana’s Narayanpet district hospital on Saturday. “These modern ICUs should not be limited to just 33 districts. It is a model that could be extended to all 700 Indian districts,” said Khosla, who now helms Khosla Ventures in California. “I am happy to fund 100 districts and I invite others to contribute to the remaining districts.”
The Telangana project is a combined initiative of multiple nonprofits coordinated by the Bengalurubased eGovernments Foundation. The organisation, backed by
Khosla said the fully equipped ICU facilities at government hospitals would be useful even after an end to the pandemic, which high lighted critical gaps in India’s rural hospital infrastructure. “I hope that high-quality tech-enabled healthcare becomes a permanent model in India. We should continue to harness the power of software in telemedicine and healthcare even after the pandemic,” the billionaire venture capitalist said.
The managing trustee of the eGovernments Foundation, Srikanth Nadhamuni, said the idea behind installing 10 ICU units in every district is to cater to rural hospitals that often lack these facilities. While individual donors will fund the equipment, the government and local administration will arrange the necessary medical staff to handle the equipment and bear the operational costs.
Each 10-bed ICU unit, costing about `30 lakh, comes with the latest medical equipment that would include infusion pumps, multi-channel monitors, ventilators and oxygen concentrators. Besides the ICU project, Khosla also touched upon the Coronasafe Network initiative, a crowd-funded digital Covid war room to provide users real-time analytics on the number and location of available beds, ICU facilities, oxygen cylinders, integrated telemedicine, triaging and other medical services.