New Delhi: A last-mile connectivity healthcare initiative, Swasthya Ghar Tak a flagged off in Meerut, Aligarh, Varanasi, and other nearby areas, thanks to the contributions of India Crypto Relief Fund that was launched by crypto visionary Sandeep Nailwal during the second wave.
The Fund, which saw contributions from Vitalik Buterin (Ethereum) and cricketer Brett Lee, was launched to combat numerous difficulties during the pandemic and has since deployed contributions in relevant fields like COVID ICU beds and rooms for people suffering in rural India.
The Fund released Rs. 1.50 crores towards ‘Swasthya Ghar Tak’ that provides tertiary level access and care to intermediate towns in India where super-specialty hospitals and doctors are scarce.
The healthcare initiative was conceived and developed by Nimith Agarwal who had faced similar accessibility challenges during his own family experiences with super-specialty needs. The social initiative is being scaled to cater to 70 per cent of India’s population that currently resides in small cities and towns.
The buses are equipped with thermal scanners, oximeters, ECG machines, and other medical devices and would prescribe basic medication and treatment to people with early COVID-19 symptoms and other diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Besides, three-member medical staff and one doctor will be available in each bus.
The ‘Swastha Ghar Tak’ fleet is now equipped to conduct more than 231,000 screenings and tests and treat more than 50,000 people.
During the second Covid wave, Swastha Ghar Tak’ was able to provide immediate screening, consultation, and treatment for COVID across 160 villages of UP, which helped curb the spread of the disease in distant towns and cities.