Second Wave – Urgent Needs
India is battling a devastating second wave of Covid-19 infections. Join CMC in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
On 15th April the country recorded, for the first time, more than 2,00,000 new infections in a day, and the numbers have climbed steeply since then.
On the 30th April there were 4,01,993 confirmed new cases. All over India there are reports of severe shortages of beds, oxygen and ICU facilities.
We need your prayers and generous contributions. This webpage is dedicated to our need for oxygen related equipment and BPAP non-invasive ventilators. You can read about how you can support our patients and staff and other equipment needs here.
Our immediate needs for oxygen and ICU equipment are:
Help us buy BPAP machines
During the first wave of the pandemic, CMC successfully used non-invasive ventilation (NIV) to help COVID patients with breathing difficulties.
Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure (BPAP) devices push air into the chest through a face mask without the need to put a tube down the throat. This opens up the lungs and improves oxygen levels. It also makes breathing easier and prevents the patient from getting worn out.
Advantages of BPAP non-invasive ventilation
- No tube is passed through the mouth and down the throat, so the patient doesn’t need to be sedated.
- Also, when safe to do so, they can take the mask off for short periods so that they can talk and eat.
- There is much less injury to the airway, throat and lung when ventilation with NIV.
- It is simpler and less risky to wean people off ventilation (gradually stop the ventilation), as they recover.
- The BPAP machine is much cheaper than a standard ventilator, and the consumables cost less.
- Consumables include the masks and tubing.
- NIV machines can work from an oxygen concentrator
- They don’t have to depend on the liquid medical oxygen which is in such short supply.
Non-invasive ventilation is not suitable for all patients with Covid, but where it works it is a much-preferred option.
We have ordered 30 BPAP machines costing Rs.2,46,400 each.
Can you help us pay for these?
New Cases of COVID in India
This chart shows the Daily New Cases from the World in Data site, the rolling 7 day average: It is slow to load……..
COVID in Vellore
Vellore has seen increasing numbers of cases of COVID among both staff and townsfolk. As a result, the hospital is seeing more people coming in with COVID and needing admission. The photo above shows 6 ambulances outside the COVID emergency entrance at the same time, something very rarely, maybe never, seen before this second surge.
However, the hospital still has patients without COVID who arrived before this surge. So, the hospital is in the process of creating more dedicated COVID beds. Most days we see non-COVID areas becoming COVID treatment areas and this is likely to continue for some weeks. The government has asked CMC to create 1,500 COVID beds. Join CMC in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and donate now:
We are also urgently installing another large Oxygen concentrator (not portable) in the main hospital.
An oxygen concentrator takes the other gases from the air and so increases the percentage of oxygen. This is done ON SITE. So you do not need cylinders of oxygen to be transported to the hospital. There is huge demand for oxygen within India, so being able to make more of our own oxygen will make a huge difference.
We also need smaller portable oxygen concentrators. These can be used with just one or two patients.
Oxygen cylinders are also needed for beds that do not have an oxygen supply to them and when patients need to be moved around the hospital eg for scans.
Your donations have helped us buy both some of the portable oxygen concentrators and oxygen cylinders that we need. Join CMC in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and donate now:
Your help fighting COVID:
We removed some of the donation buttons because your amazing generosity allowed us to purchase all of these items that we needed:
Oxygen cylinders: Your donations have let us buy all 300 – costing Rs.4,500 each. Thank you
Portable bedside oxygen concentrators: Your donations have allowed us to buy all 25 of the initial concentrators we could find – cost Rs.95,000 each. Thank you.
We now have a further 200 portable oxygen concentrators sourced and hope to buy them. So the button has been put back for these!
You also helped us to build and equip the Paul Brand block that opened on 3rd May 2021. More details below: Paul Brand block opened.
Help our patients and staff: Donate now!
Thank you to all our friends for your overwhelming response in helping us to fight the COVID-19 Pandemic during the first wave in 2020! With your generous contributions, we have been able to prepare and respond to the COVID Pandemic. You can read more about what you helped to provide here: Thank You for 2020
You can help us by remaining healthy and safe. Keep yourself and your family safe by following government advice about staying at home when possible. People over 60 years old and those with underlying medical problems should take extra care.
- Wash your hands often,
- Wear a mask when outside and
- Keep physically separated, ideally 2m apart, as much as possible.
And get vaccinated if you can get there safely. Vaccination is vital and life saving, but not if you catch COVID while travelling to the place you will be vaccinated. So please seek advice locally about where you can be vaccinated and whether you are safe to travel to the place of vaccination
CMC Messengers of Peace
CMC Vellore remains committed to serving and caring for our patients. You can read stories from the early days of the pandemic in this beautiful anthology “Messengers of Peace”
Read more about them on this web page or download the anthology below:
Information about COVID
The CMC website has information and resources about COVID for everyone. This includes how to make appointments at CMC, expert views on the disease, how to wear a mask etc.
You can read it here: COVID Information
Numbers quoted on this page are based on the following assumptions:
*6 working days in a week
**26 working days in a month