Donates Kits and Equipment Worth Rs. 10 Lakhs

Port Blair, Dec. 17: A not for profit organisation Mantra4change from Bangalore has donated kits and equipment worth Rs. 10 Lakhs to the Health Department of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The donation is being sent to the remotest Primary Health Centre at Radhanagar in Diglipur and is expected to improve the infrastructure out there.

A flag off event was organised today near Netaji Stadium, wherein the Director of Health Services, Dr. Munni Singhania graced the occasion as the chief guest while Dr. Avijit Roy, Dy Director and Nodal Officer COVID-19 A&N Islands was the guest of honour.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Puneet from Mantra4change explained that as a part of its continued efforts to work on COVID relief work, Mantra4change are setting up oxygenated beds in the hilly and remotely inaccessible areas along the international borders of India. This Mantra4change is setting up 5 beds in the northernmost region of Andaman Island i.e. Radha Nagar PHC of Diglipur district in the UT of Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

The PHC will be enabled to a plug and play infrastructure with power backup. This initiative is supported by Ashraya Hastha Trust – A philanthropic organisation run by one of the Co-founders of Infosys – Mr. K. Dinesh. The total donation is worth over INR 10,00,000/- (Ten lakh Rupees).

Puneet also said that this is just a small initiative to begin with. Mantra4change will be supporting the Andaman & Nicobar Administration in a big way. They had planned to donate a sea ambulance but then decided to discuss the requirements from the Health Services.

Meanwhile, Dr. Munni Singhania requested the NGO to arrange form specialists and super specialists who come can come to the islands for supporting specialised treatments. She explained that there are super specialists and specialists visiting the islands from branded hospitals but their intentions remain with business. If super specialists and specialists come with the intention of helping the islanders, it would be a good gesture and much beneficial for the people. Mr. Puneet agreed to the point raised by the DHS and assured that such programmes will be arranged in futhre.

Dr. Avijit Roy suggested Mantra4change to support the islanders who are being sent to the mainland hospitals under Ayushman Bharat Scheme. They are forced to pay for the tests and also require to stay in the mainland for follow ups, which makes things difficult for them. If Mantra4change can support the logistic requirements of such islanders, it will be a good gesture from the NGO, he said.

Mantra4change is a not-for-profit organisation that is currently working on education and COVID relief. The NGO has worked very closely with various departments of government supporting Various COVID relief activities.

Mantra4change has so far distributed around 10,000+ ration kits, fed around 50,000 people and sent more than 3,000 migrant workers back to their natives. It has supported 9 COVID designated hospitals, 21 PHC’s and ICMR Belgaum with critical medical consumables and set up around 100+ oxygenated beds across rural areas spanning in 7 states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamilnadu, Assam, Nagaland and Manipur.