The healthcare sector has been fighting the COVID-19 pandemic on the frontlines with every available resource. However, the infrastructure is now failing to keep up with the surge in COVID-19 cases across India, leading to a shortage of hospital beds and healthcare professionals.
Amidst the pandemic, Chennai-based Modulus Housing is looking to solve the problem of hospital infrastructure through mediCAB, its instant and portable hospital units.
Founded in 2018 by IIT-Madras alumni Shree Ram Ravichandran and Gobinath P, Modulus Housing aims to build micro infrastructures. The IIT-M-incubated startup provides foldable cabin houses to address infrastructure issues related to disaster relief, refugee housing, defence, events management, medical and educational camps, hotels and MSME shops etc. It also addresses the housing issue for labourers working at construction sites, oil refineries, and mines.
“In January, we joined hands with an NGO, Selco Foundation, and decided to construct a micro-hospital for rural areas. The product was mainly a pregnancy ward to address the problem of deliveries in unhygienic or open spaces in rural regions. We were working on this product when COVID-19 hit, and construction labourers had to return to their native lands. But, we were already working on the healthcare project and pivoted to focus on making portable hospital units to address the pandemic,” Shree Ram says.
Portable hospital units for COVID-19
Modulus Housing partnered with Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Thiruvananthapuram, and launched mediCAB.
“They helped with the medical design and clinical inputs for the product while we engineered it,” Shree Ram says.
The CEO adds that the startup has already deployed its first unit earlier this month in Wayanad district in Kerala and has begun its pilot. The deployment in Kerala was done using grant funds from US-based NGO Habitat for Humanity.