Battling COVID-19: How private healthcare players are doing their bit


Private healthcare providers ranging from Apollo Hospitals to Niira Radia led Nayati Healthcare have geared up to support the Nation’s fight against coronavirus outbreak. COVID-19 pandemic has led the country in a situation of medical crisis.

The public healthcare system is working round-the-clock to handle patients. However, as the cases of Covid-19 positive patients are continuously increasing, private healthcare providers have come together with the government in a bid to back the fight against the virus.

Nation’s leading healthcare providers have shown up various response plans in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Chairperson of Nayati Healthcare, Niira Radia said that the responsibility of dealing with such a pandemic is shared equally by the public healthcare system as well as the private medical care providers.

“Considering the steep rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country and Uttar Pradesh contributing substantially to those numbers, we, at Nayati, are fully geared for the treatment of coronavirus patients at our facilities — Nayati Medicity Mathura and Nayati Hospital Agra.” said Niira radia

Niira Radia’s Nayati Healthcare, is the largest healthcare provider in the Braj region. It has dedicated 200 beds at the group’s flagship hospital in Mathura, Nayati Medicity. Out of these 200 beds, 102 are ICU beds and 98 are isolation and high dependency beds. Following the Uttar Pradesh government’s instructions, Nayati Hospital Agra is transformed into a Level 1 quarantine centre.

Just like Niira Radia, Apollo Hospitals founder Dr Prathap C Reddy has shown up with a response plan witnessing the surge in Covid-19 cases across the country. Named ‘Project Kawach’, Apollo family’s response plan covers all aspects from information, screening, assessment, and testing, to prepare the infrastructure for quarantine and treatment. As a part of Project Kawach, Apollo Hospitals has dedicated 250 beds for the treatment of coronavirus infected patients throughout India.

In his address to the healthcare fraternity, Dr Reddy focused upon the critical role of healthcare workers and other essential service providers in this fight against the pandemic.

“I salute the spirit of each doctor, the nurses, the technicians, paramedical staff, supporting staff and administrators, and the unsung heroes who we never think about like the manufacturers, the transporters, the delivery boys who are ensuring that essential medication, food and diagnostic services are available for all of us on the front line to treat you all,” Dr Reddy said.

On the other hand, Fortis Healthcare has its own action plan in place to fight coronavirus. The group has established isolation wards in all branches throughout the nation, along with dedicating 262 beds for the treatment of Covid-19 patients. The group has also contributed a sum of Rs. 5.90 crore to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

Dr Ashutosh Raghuvanshi, MD and CEO, Fortis Healthcare, stated, “I am grateful for the measures taken by the Government to support health professionals and workers in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. These are testing times and the fight against coronavirus will require everyone’s support. We would be obliged to extend any further support to the Government initiatives aimed at mitigating the lives of those affected.”

One of the Nation’s leading healthcare providers, Max Hospitals has also dedicated a 200-bed facility in Greater Noida for the treatment of the COVID-19 patients.

“One of the few things which are working in our favour is that India is a couple of weeks behind the curve compared to some other nations on the spread of this pandemic,” said Abhay Soi, Max Healthcare Chairman.

With healthcare leaders like Niira Radia, Dr Prathap C Reddy, Dr Ashutosh Raghuvanshi and Abhay Soi coming forward and joining the battle with the government, India’s fight against the COVID-19 outbreak is gaining ground and inching towards a more robust response system.