Hon’ble Health Minister of Nagaland inaugurates 39 oxygenated bed extension hospital facility in Mokokchung, Nagaland, supported by C-CAMP in partnership with Novo Nordisk Foundation, Denmark in the presence of Hon’ble Minister of Housing & Mechanical, Nagaland
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms, C-CAMP in partnership with Danish Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF), has supported augmentation of a 39 oxygenated bed hospital facility in Dr. Imkongliba Memorial District Hospital (IMDH), Mokokchung, Nagaland, Northeast India as part of a larger DKK 10 Million, (approximately 12 Cr INR) worth project to develop models for rapid augmentation of healthcare infrastructure in India with guidance from the Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor, Govt of India, Invest India, and Royal Danish Embassy in New Delhi, India. The newly built hospital was inaugurated on 15th December 2022 by Hon’ble Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Nagaland, Shri Pangnyu Phom in the presence of Hon’ble Minister Housing & Mechanical, Nagaland, Shri Tongpang Ozukum; Secretary to Government of Nagaland, Health & Family Welfare, Nagaland, Mrs. Asangla Imti; Senior Consultant, Novo Nordisk Foundation, Jakob Orberg; C-CAMP CEO & Director Dr Taslimarif Saiyed; Head AGNii Mission & VP, Invest India, Office of the PSA, Shri Rahul Nayar; Chief Medical Officer, Mokokchung, Dr. Limatula Aier; Principal Director, Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Nagaland, Dr. K. Vikato Kinimi and Medical Superintendent, IMDH Mokokchung, Dr. S. Marina Yaden
Announced while India was reeling under a vicious, lethal Second Wave of COVID-19 pandemic, the collaboration’s primary aim was to address inadequate advanced public healthcare facilities across India, including underserved regions. Now though the journey towards COVID-19 endemicity looks possible, hospitals under this project are envisioned to fill the preparedness capacity in the existing public healthcare system and increase access for millions in remote, inaccessible corners of India in the years to come.
The State Government of Nagaland has been instrumental in the selection of the site, foundation work and infrastructure upgrade. At the launch, Hon’ble Health Minister of Nagaland, Shri Pangnyu Phom said, “We are extremely thankful to all the agencies for setting-up such a facility in Nagaland. Such set-ups will benefit hugely to people of this region and we look forward to further setting-up of a 50-bedded critical care unit hereafter.”
Senior Consultant, NNF India, Jakob Orberg, said, “Our focus is health equity and it is the vision of Indian government that quality healthcare should be available to all and everywhere including remote areas. We are building a partnership for sustainable development that is reaching all parts of the country!”
Hon’ble Minister Housing & Mechanical, Nagaland, Shri Tongpang Ozukum, said “The Covid-19 pandemic was a wake-up call and this was a much-needed infrastructure in the state. This facility will benefit people from Mokokchung and other surrounding districts as well”
Head AGNii Mission & VP, Invest India, Office of the PSA , Shri Rahul Nayar, said, “Because all of us have been able to work together, this experiment of using innovation to serve the people has worked. This has helped us to create a model that the rest of the country can emulate. This also serves as an example of how innovation and construction can rapidly build capacity on the ground in the face of great challenges & to be able to deliver better services quickly and efficiently.”
C-CAMP CEO & Director Dr Taslimarif Saiyed said, “C-CAMP with the support of multiple government partners & private agencies is providing 40 Oxygen concentrators to meet the requirements of medical Oxygen. The impact of this nationwide project both during the COVID-19 crisis & beyond will touch the lives of 1 million lives over the next 20 years.”
The project initiated on 9th May, 2021 was slated to support establishment of new extension hospital facilities with mobile hospital units with a total 350+ beds and the capacity to treat close to 1300 COVID-19 patients per week with medical oxygen and respiratory support equipment among other critical care infrastructure. The work is now complete at eight sites across six states - Punjab, Haryana, Nagaland, Assam, Meghalaya, and Sikkim. The work at Mokokchung, Nagaland site began in May 2022 and was finished in September 2022. The facility has been constructed with the expertise of Strawcture Eco which was the technical partner for the site. The facilities are equipped with all the necessary amenities and are expected to enhance the pandemic preparedness capacity of the area. Additionally, the facility will be used in various healthcare efforts in the future such as treating dengue patients and as a general ward, etc.
The highlight of the project is showcasing that the rapid installation of healthcare facilities in remote areas is doable in a quick and efficient manner in response to challenges in public health and create a model for such development in the future.
About the Novo Nordisk Foundation:
The Novo Nordisk Foundation is an independent Danish foundation with corporate interests. It has two objectives: 1) to provide a stable basis for the commercial and research activities of the companies in the Novo Group; and 2) to support scientific, humanitarian and social causes. The vision of the Foundation is to contribute significantly to research and development that improves the lives of people and the sustainability of society. Since 2010, the Foundation has donated more than DKK 30 billion (€4 billion), primarily for research at public institutions and hospitals in Denmark and the other Nordic countries. Read more at www.novonordiskfonden.dk/en
December 23, 2022