A Rizwan Adatia Foundation note on entering into partnership with GMERS General Hospital, Junagadh:
Rizwan Adatia Foundation (RAF) — a private, not-for-profit international organisation that is functioning since 2015, in several countries of Africa and Asia including India — has entered into a partnership with GMERS General Hospital in Junagadh district of Gujarat, to set up a Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Medical Oxygen Generation plant of 960 LPM.
Funded by the Zarina Foundation and RAF-India, this initiative is part of RAF’s humanitarian response in Junagadh and Porbandar districts of Gujarat to support the district administration in addressing the medical requirements of patients suffering from Covid-19 infection. It also forms a cardinal part of an extended commitment by RAF to strengthen the public healthcare delivery system over a period of time, at the district level in tier III towns, so that a large segment of the local community could access effective medical treatment locally.
RAF’s Global COO, Mr. Sujeet Sarkar, and the representative of GMERS General Hospital Dr. Sushil Kumar signed a Memorandum of Understanding on July 15, 2021, at the conference hall of GMERS General Hospital, Junagadh to lay a roadmap for the partnership. The proposed oxygen plant with a capacity of 57.3 NM3/Hr, can give oxygen with a purity of up to 96%. The plant will give a boost to the public health system in the district of Junagadh and ensure that the district hospital has a captive oxygen generation facility on its premises.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sushil Kumar Medical Superintendent, GMERS General Hospital said that the plant will create additional 200 oxygenated beds in the hospital and help the district administration to fight the menace of COVID and a much anticipated third wave. Such an in-house captive oxygen generation facility would not only address the day-to-day medical oxygen needs of the district hospital but also cater to the critical life-saving support of the GMERS hospital, Junagadh for the next 10 years.
Mr. Sujeet Sarkar, Global COO, RAF shared that, the main aim behind establishing the PSA Oxygen Generation Plant is to strengthen public health system in Junagadh so that patients get improved health facilities, and the district hospital is better prepared to deal with any health emergency like COVID, in future. Such a system will go a long way in ensuring that Government hospitals in the districts do not face sudden disruption of oxygen supplies and have access to adequate uninterrupted oxygen supply to manage the COVID-19 patients and other patients needing such support.
RAF-India has also supported Community Health Centres of several blocks of Junagadh district such as Malia Hatina, Mangrol, and Keshod with oxygen cylinders and concentrators, along with a wide range of medical supplies to fight the second wave of Covid-19. RAF strives to improve the Quality of Life of the most marginalised communities of Asia and Africa and brings together resources, technology, systems and effective grassroots strategies, giving better choices and control to people for a lasting change. Till date, RAF has covered over 1 million beneficiaries through its interventions in the areas of Economic Integration and Livelihood Support for Women and Youth, Climate Smart Agriculture, Health and Nutrition Initiatives, Education and Technology, Good Governance, and Humanitarian Response. In India, RAF works across the state of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, and parts of Maharashtra.