India has come up with the world’s first disaster hospital which is portable, can be airlifted and packed in 72 cubes. The initiative is a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BHISHM (Bharat Health Initiative for Sahyog Hita and Maitri) project which was announced in February 2022 after the Defence Ministry formed a task force. The Aarogya Maitri scheme, involves India supplying basic medical supplies to developing countries affected by a natural disaster and it was announced at the MedTech Expo in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
What are the key features of the portable hospital, Aarogya Maitri Cube?
The Aarogya Maitri Cube is made of 72 cubes which contain medical equipment and supplies such as a mini-ICU, an operation theatre, cooking station, food, water, a power generatre, blood test equipment, power generator, an X-ray machine and more. The cubes are capable of handling patients with severe injuries up to 25 major burns, long limb fractures, chest injuries, spinal injuries and approximately 10 head injuries.
The portable hospital can fit up to 36 mini cubes and everyone in it can be packed for survival for 48 hours of approximately 100 patients. Two of the cases, known as the master cubes, can be used to support the 200 survivors. One of the major features of the cubes is the ability to handle injuries such as major bleeds and bullet injuries.
The Aarogya Maitri Cube relies on the Rubik’s Cube concept and each of the cubes are designed to weight less then 20 kilos to make it easy to carry up manually to a kilometre. As per a report, the total weight of every master cube with 36 cubes, is less than 750 kilos. A combination of two such cubes can be converted into a basic primary care setup arranged into a mobile hospital capable of carrying out a life-changing surgery.
The structure will also contain a tablet-based application which can operate all 72 cubes. The kit involves a portable generator with a solar panel-based generator, and all the equipment involved will be chargeable. News9Live