Anant National University develops the Anant COVID-19 Testing and Oxygen Auto-rickshaw
The solution addresses the shortage of testing and oxygen supply during the COVID-19 pandemic
With the increasing need for testing and portable oxygen facilities, Anant National University, India’s leading design university stepped up to help the country and designed a compact, effective, and contact-free mobile COVID-19 testing and oxygen facility that is the most affordable mobile testing and emergency oxygen facility in the world. The facility is fitted inside a cargo auto-rickshaw.
There are two variations: one is the facility for swab collections and it is priced at 5.1 lakh; while the second is a facility for x-ray testing for COVID-19 and is priced at 11.5 lakh, making these the most affordable facilities of their type in the world and therefore suitable to operate on a mass scale in India. These can both be operated by any government or non-government body that is approved by ICMR to conduct testing activities in their area. The facility only needs a driver and a health worker trained to handle the X-ray machine and oxygen supply.
Owing to the advanced X-ray technology used in the respective facilities as well as the easy door-to-door access of auto-rickshaws even in narrow lanes, the X-ray testing for COVID-19 facility can test 500+ people for COVID-19 in a day. Moderate cases of COVID-19 patients awaiting an ambulance or a hospital bed can benefit from the emergency oxygen supply of the oxygen cylinders installed in the vehicle which can be dropped off at the residence of the patient. Both versions of the auto-rickshaw also come equipped with a stretcher that can be used to transport patients to the hospital. To run the equipment 24x7, a diesel generator is fitted on top of the vehicle.
By retrofitting walls as partitions in the auto-rickshaw, they have created isolation chambers for the patient, health worker, and the driver of the vehicle. In order to maintain high standards of sanitation, the patient area comes with an automated sanitiser spray that is activated by four jet nozzles that thoroughly disinfect the area each time a patient leaves the chamber.
Initiated and led by Dr Miniya Chatterji, director of Anant Centre for Sustainability and CEO of Sustain Labs, the Anant COVID-19 Testing and Oxygen Auto-rickshaw has been designed by Dhaval Monani, director of Affordable Housing and Associate Professor, Anant National University. Joel Fernando, visual designer and multimedia associate at Anant National University, assisted in the development of the prototype. The advisor to this project is Dr Anunaya Chaubey, provost, Anant National University.
The team at Anant National University has also been transforming vacant spaces across India into temporary hospitals and quarantine centres. A total of 720 beds have been developed thus far, in an effective and highly affordable manner.