The coronavirus pandemic has impacted a large number of people. In urban areas, at least medical facilities are available for the affected patients. Unfortunately, the rural areas of the country are still in a vulnerable situation. In rural areas, there is a lack of medical facilities and places to isolate the covid patients.
Formation of Modulus Housing
Recently, an IIT Madras startup has come up with the idea of portable medical facilities (MediCAB). The startup is known as ‘Modulus Housing.’
The founder of the startup Shreeram Ravichandran was working on a transportable infrastructure for a long time. He partnered with an NGO named Selco Foundation to develop micro-hospitals even before COVID hit the country. Sadly, before the plan could be carried out, the pandemic spread over the country. Quickly, the startup got into action. They quickly partnered with Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology. Modulus housing remodeled the project as per COVID guidelines.
Facilities of MediCAB
Initially, the project ‘MediCAB’ was successfully launched in the Wayanad district of Kerala. The portable hospital is ideal for detecting, screening, identifying, isolating, and treating COVID-19 patients.
MediCAB is modular and transportable. It is easy to set up and can be modified according to the customer. MediCAB is composed of four zones – an isolation room, a medical room/ward, a doctor’s room, and a twin-bed ICU, maintained at negative pressure. The foldable hospital can be installed in any geographic location. They can install it with the help of 4 people within 2 hours.
Easy Transportation and Strength of MediCAB
The modular technology can be shrunk to 1/5th of its actual size. This makes it convenient for storage and transportation. The portable units come in three sizes – 800, 400, and 200 sqft. The cabins in the MediCAB are dust-proof and tightly sealed. It can withstand harsh weather and heavy rainfall. The cab has an inbuilt electrical system.
Demand of MediCAB
Apart from being installed in the Wayanad district, the cab has also been installed in Chengalpet, Chennai at SugaH healthcare Private Corporation. The whole setup has costed a sum of Rs 34 lakhs. The Installation in Kerala has costed Rs 16 Lakhs. The startup has delivered emergency housing solutions to L&T, Tata Group, and Shapoorji, Selco, during flooding.
Plans for Future
The startup is now working on solutions to help people get employment post covid. The startup is currently planning to bring portable and foldable micro industries to remote areas. The local population will be employed in these micro industries.