16 January 2021, Kochi, Kerala
With its launch today, India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive is the largest of its kind in the world. The District of Ernakulam, Kerala, and Amrita Hospital have formed a unique Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to vaccinate health care workers there.
The Government’s Urban Public Health Center in Kadavanthara will be managed by Amrita Hospital and set up in a way that other health centres can easily emulate. It is equipped with medical teams, an ambulance, necessary physical facilities, and awareness posters.
Medical Director of Amrita Hospital Kochi, Dr Prem Nair, said that Amrita Hospital will provide all the means for the vaccination of health workers as per the instructions of the government.
Dr MG Sivadasan, who is leading the vaccination drive for the Ernakulam District Administration, said that this PPP initiative is a model that other districts can replicate.
Expressing their gratitude, hospital officials said that the collaboration was part of a community commitment and that they were proud to be able to participate in the government’s vaccination drive. In addition, Amrita Hospital is operating as a separate vaccination center.
Amrita Hospital has also been one of the hospitals conducting the trial run of the COVID-19 vaccination. The Ernakulam District Administration said in the context of both initiatives, Amrita has embarked on a venture which brings the enhanced efficiency of the private sector together with the service capabilities of the government.