(Our Bureau, June 7) Indian American investor Vinod Khosla has pledged to fund 100 10-seater ICU units across India’s rural pockets. The first such unit was virtually launched in Telangana’s Narayanpet district hospital on Saturday in partnership with Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani-backed eGovernments Foundation. Khosla, who co-founded Sun Microsystems and now heads Khosla Ventures, said that fully-equipped ICU facilities would be useful even after the pandemic ends. Typically, individual donors fund medical equipment and the local administration supplies trained staff in such funding projects. Each 10-bed ICU unit costs ₹30 lakhs.
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