Cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s YouWeCan Foundation and Accenture add 50 Critical Care Beds to Government Medical College & Hospital in Srinagar

TNN Bureau. Updated: 9/20/2021 3:10:45 PM Sports and Culture

Srinagar, September 20, 2021: Under its #Mission1000Beds initiative, YouWeCan Foundation, run by international cricketing icon Yuvraj Singh, has set up 50 Critical Care Unit (CCU) beds at the Government Medical College & Hospital in Srinagar, in collaboration with Accenture (NYSE: ACN). Funds contributed by Accenture have also been used by YouWeCan Foundation to provide a range of medical equipment including ICU ventilators, BiPAP machines, patient monitors, ECG machines, defibrillators and oxygen cylinders to the hospital.
 
The facility was inaugurated virtually by Yuvraj Singh recently in the presence of Dr Yashpal Sharma, Director (Coordination), New Govt. Medical Colleges, Jammu & Kashmir and Managing Director, J&K Medical Supplies Corporation Ltd., and delegates from Accenture and the hospital.
 
On this initiative, Yuvraj Singh said, “The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic overwhelmed the healthcare infrastructure of our country. We struggled to procure ICU beds, oxygen cylinders, and other critical care facilities to help our loved ones during that period. Having witnessed not just the heart-rending suffering around us but also having experienced a personal loss, I felt an acute need to step up to support our healthcare providers and frontline workers in their fight against this deadly virus. Through our #Mission1000Beds initiative, we are setting up COVID-19 critical care facilities at hospitals across the country to increase existing capacities.”
 
He added, “We are thankful for Accenture’s support in helping us extend this initiative to the state of Jammu & Kashmir by setting up 50 critical care beds at the Government Medical College & Hospital in Srinagar.”
 
In addition to Jammu & Kashmir, YouWeCan Foundation has partnered with Accenture to set up a total of 385 CCU beds at government hospitals across Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Haryana and Assam.
 
The #Mission1000Beds initiative was launched by YouWeCan Foundation in partnership with OneDigital Entertainment on June 1, 2021 as a hospital capacity expansion solution that aims to rapidly scale up critical care facilities across India. Shabir Momin, Managing Director & Chief Technology Officer, OneDigital Entertainment, said, “We are setting up critical care beds primarily in smaller centers in India after undertaking a comprehensive need assessment based on the number of cases in that location till date and the current capacity of the hospitals. Beyond COVID-19, the infrastructure built by #Mission1000Beds will also support future cancer care requirements. After successfully deploying 1000 beds in the first phase of this initiative, we are now commencing phase two to add more beds.”
 
As part of its commitment to COVID-19 relief efforts in India, Accenture is collaborating with 15 non-profit organizations across 18 states. The collaboration aims to support more than 5,000 hospital beds with over 30 oxygen plants and other critical care equipment at government and charitable hospitals, especially in rural and remote parts of the country.  More than 100,000 community health workers will also receive training to provide medical guidance and care to over 60 lakh (6 million) underprivileged families. Accenture is sponsoring more than 50 lakh (5 million) doses of COVID-19 vaccines across India, of which 16 lakh (1.6 million) doses have already been administered.
 
 
About #Mission1000Beds
YouWeCan Foundation’s #Mission1000Beds is an initiative being run in partnership with OneDigital Entertainment. It aims to strengthen the capacity of Government, army and charitable hospitals by setting up oxygenated beds, ventilators and BiPAP machines, along with other essential medical equipment which is required for critical care of COVID-19 patients. Beyond COVID-19, the infrastructure built by #Mission1000Beds will also support other critical care requirements for the future. 
 
About YouWeCan Foundation
The YouWeCan Foundation is a non-profit organization established by international cricketer and cancer survivor Yuvraj Singh. The organization works extensively in the healthcare sector in India with a focus on cancer control. In 2020, with the onset of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation mobilized over 1 million hygiene kits to COVID-19 affected states across the country. As a response to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, the Foundation launched #Mission1000Beds, a rapid response solution to set up 1000 additional critical care beds in hospitals across the country. Visit us at www.youwecan.org.


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