To serve the needs of critically- ill children in the age group 0-12 years, Ericsson and child rights organisation Save the Children have set up modern Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) across government hospitals in the five cities viz Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune, Jaipur and Indore.
These critical care units at the CMC Jijamata Maternity hospital (Pune), Niloufer hospital (Hyderabad), Institute of Child Health (Kolkata), PC Seithy Hospital (Indore), Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Hospital (Gangori, Jaipur) have been provided life-saving equipment like ventilators, oxygen concentrators, bi-pap machines, pulse oximeters, and other critical medical supplies. The equipment will not only cater to Covid cases in children, but will also be life-saving for over 50,000 children in respiratory distress (lack of oxygen due to infections & pneumonia), critically ill and OPD cases in the city and from nearby areas. The health facilities are now geared up operationally to provide high quality care to children. The pediatric care unit in Kolkata was inaugurated on site today.
Speaking on the occasion, Amitabh Ray, MD, Ericsson India Global Services stated, “The pediatric wards across these hospitals will cater to more than 50,000 children in the first year itself. We hope this partnership with Save the Children towards strengthening the pediatric facilities will go a long way towards making a difference in the lives of young children who need critical medical care.”
Anindit Roy Chowdhury, Chief Programme Officer, Save the Children added, “Our purpose is to build technical and infrastructural capacities in these hospitals so that children get crucial pediatric medical care.
Since a hospital visit for kids can a traumatic experience, the facilities have been designed in a child-friendly manner with colorful wall paintings and toys to keep it pleasing for children. Such environment removes the feelings of fear or anxiety in children.