Christian Medical College Vellore

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Fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic


Thank you

Thank you to all our friends for your overwhelming response in helping us to fight the COVID-19 Pandemic! With your generous contributions, we have been able to prepare and respond to the COVID Pandemic. Here are a few of the things you have given us and helped us with:

ward ready for patients with beds, mattresses and bedding in Kannigapuram ready for CoVidKannigapuram opens fo patients
One of the new wards at CMC’s new Kannigapuram hospital just before the first patients were admitted.

Help with buildings and equipment

  • We converted the terrace room above S-Ward into a brand new ICU.
  • This has beds dedicated to COVID-19 patients.
  • Kannigapuram Hospital opened as a COVID Health Care Centre with 168 beds.
  • We installed an oxygen concentrator. This ensures a constant supply of oxygen for those who need it.
oxygen concentrator at Kannigapuram hospital
The oxygen concentrator at Kannigapuram hospital. This provides oxygen to the CoVid ward patients.

  • We now have 80 ICU beds for patients with COVID, but only 65 have ventilators.
    • Sadly these beds are full most of the time. So, we are trying to add more critical care beds.
  • Generous companies, friends and alumni donated funds and equipment for new ICU beds.
    • This included beds, mattresses, ventilators, pumps etc.
  • We have ensured enough PPE to protect staff and patients.
    • Several organisations donated N95 masks, face shields, protective suits etc to help with this.
ventilator donated for COVID patients
Equipment donated for COVID patients.

Help with patient care

  • Nearly 1,000 patients with COVID received subsidised care in September, at a cost 4 Crore.
  • The Good Samaritan Canteen has served over 24,000 free meals.
    • The Manna Midday Meal scheme gives meal tokens to patients who need them.
picture of s ward terrace on 28th march and then 9th April. An amazing transformation from store room to ICU
S-ward Terrace before and after, it was transformed into an ICU in just 2 weeks.

What we have done

You can read more about what CMC has done to Fight the COVID Pandemic on this page: Adapting to COVID

Awards for Excellence

PPE equipment worn by a doctor in ICU monitoring the equipment of a patient
PPE in ICU. Not very comfortable to wear.

CMC has spent a huge amount of time and money to keep our patients and staff safe. Initially, this involved daily meetings, reading research publications and government instructions and making policies from that. The meetings still happen, but not so frequently. Our staff continue to keep track of the best way to protect and treat everyone.

We are pleased to tell you that this diligence has been recognised. CMC received the following awards:

  • Workplace safety during the COVID-19 pandemic”:
    1st prize awarded by the Consortium of Accredited Healthcare Organizations (CAHO) for the very large hospitals category (over 600 beds).
  • “Excellence in Hospital Preparedness for COVID-19”:
    awarded by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
  • Best Charity Hospital combating COVID-19
    awarded by the India Today Group in the India Today Healthgiri Awards. Link to video here.

Still Fighting the Battle

The battle against COVID is still being fought. Numbers in Tamil Nadu stabilised in September-October. However, there are still large numbers of people needing to be admitted. Our ICU beds are mostly full and we have to turn people away. We desperately need more ICU beds as soon as possible. It looks like admissions for COVID will remain high at least till early 2021 and possibly longer.

Therefore, there is still a great need and you can read about those below.

Ways YOU can help

You have helped us do SO much but the need remains.

Subsidising Patient Care

There were 1,000 patients in September who we provided subsidy for COVID care. Nearly 50% of our patients need a subsidy. The need for support for patients with COVID is going to continue for many months.

Costs for moderately sick patients

A moderately sick patient needing level 2 care will cost around Rs. 7,500 to Rs. 8,000 per day. That covers all their needs. Most will be in hospital and need this care for 10 to 14 days. The table below summaries the costs.

Level 2 Care for 1 patientTotal cost Rs
One Day₹7,500+
Ten days₹75,000+
Cost of care for 1 patient in Level 2: cost of Bed, nursing and medical charges, medications, tests and food

Costs for very sick patients

Around 5% of people who catch COVID will become very sick and need ICU care. Without this care, many will die. Their medical needs are extensive and the costs reflect this. We need to subsidise about half of these patients, so 2.5% of those who become COVID positive.

The table below shows the costs and includes the ventilation, the oxygen therapy, the medicines, the tubes, needles etc needed along with all professional fees etc.

Level 3 Care for 1 patientTotal cost Rs
One Day₹25,000+
Ten days₹2,50,000+
Cost of care for 1 patient in ICU, Level 3: cost of bed, nursing and medical charges, medications, ventilation, oxygen, consumables, tests and food

New ICU beds

The new orthopaedic block is nearly ready and will have extra ICU beds in it. Kannigapuram also needs new ICU beds. There will be a total of 150 ICU beds in Kannigapuram once the hospital is completed.

We therefore need the equipment for these beds. Total cost of equipment for an ICU bed is 19,12,780. The breakdown of the costing for each bed is given below.

Equipment needed per bedUnit Cost
Ventilator: intermediate to high grade x1₹14,52,22
Monitor: low end x1₹2,50,000
Syringe Infusion Pumps x3₹1,27,680
Infusion Pumps for fluids x1₹42,560
Food Pumps x1₹40,320
Total cost for 1 ICU bed19,12,780
Equipment needs for an ICU bed at Kannigapuram

Can you help

Patient Care: Everyone deserves expert care in this time of need. Your gift will help pay for treatment, medicines, diagnostic tests. Patients infected with the corona virus (CoVid-19) are looked after in isolation wards. Some may require ICU care. We will provide food for the patient and their relative if they need this.

Refurbish to create Critical Care facilities: We are urgently setting up 139 beds in our upcoming Orthopedic block (see photo above). Our ICU beds are full and we turn away patients needing ICU care. These should open in the next month or two.

Support a

  • Critical Care Bed @ ₹20 lakhs for Level 2 care.

Any amount is helpful for this worthy cause. Medical Professionals are at the frontline of the fight against Covid-19. We need masks, gloves and protection for our dedicated doctors, nurses and allied-health professionals.

CMC currently spends 3 crore per month on PPE keeping our staff safe.

  • Companies can donate CSR funds towards this urgent need.
  • Donations in kind are welcomed eg masks, shields.
  • Individual donations are eligible for income tax relief under S.80G

Help us to save precious lives. Donate for PPE.

Cost of PPE kit for one personCost, Rs
Per Week* ₹ 3,300
Per Month**₹ 14,300
The cost of a almost full PPE kit for one member of staff.
N45 mask and shield not included as are reused.

Donate and keep our staff safe:

You can help us by remaining healthy and safe. Follow 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 as much as possible.

Let us support our medical staff. And please pray for us and for each other.

CMC: Committed to serving

With the pandemic still sweeping the world, CMC Vellore remains committed to serving and caring for our patients. We continue to adapt our services to look after our patients and provide quality care with compassion.

In this unprecedented crisis, we seek your prayers and good wishes. We need your support to face the challenges that still lie ahead of us.

Help our patients and staff: Donate now!

Dr Mohan working with a colleague in one of the SARI wards at CMC
Dr Mohan in PPE working with a colleague on a SARI ward within CMC

With the pandemic still sweeping the world, CMC Vellore remains committed to serving and caring for our patients. We continue to adapt our services to look after our patients and provide quality care with compassion.

In this unprecedented crisis, we seek your prayers and good wishes. We need your support to face the challenges that still lie ahead of us.

Help our patients and staff: Donate now!

Messengers of Peace

Messengers of Peace gives you the change to hear the voices of some of the staff at CMC. This anthology was compiled very early in the COVID saga, back in late April 2020. It gives a unique insight into the commitment and breadth of the CMC family. A very large family committed to serving our patients.

Walking the Extra Mile

“Every time I go on Covid-19 duty I am extra vigilant….. Once I enter the ward, my fears are set aside as I focus on my patients. …… We are privileged to walk the extra mile with them during these Covid times.

Dr Mohan, April 2020

You can read the rest of his story here: Walking the Extra Mile

Dr Mohan’s story is just one of the many stories in the beautiful collection gathered early in the Pandemic. It gives us a rare glimpse into the range of staff we need to run a hospital. Especially those staff who are backstage and rarely seen by the patients.

Meet some of the other storytellers

In this short video CMC’s doctors recount their moving, personal experiences in the COVID isolation wards, just like Mohan’s story. This trailer is an introduction to the real-life stories of our doctors, nurses, medical technicians and support teams on the frontlines. Read how the COVID pandemic has affected them. And hear about their continuing commitment to serving our patients.

A glimpse into the lives of CMC staff with more in Messengers of Peace

Download your free copy of this beautiful anthology:

Messengers of Peace.
Stories from the Frontlines
CMC’s response to COVID-19

Information about COVID

The CMC website has information and resources about COVID for everyone. This includes appointments at CMC, expert views on the disease, how to wear a mask etc.

You can read it here: COVID Information

Calculation assumptions

*6 working days in a week
**26 working days in a month

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