Sweta Mangal: Pioneering Emergency Medical Services and Healthcare in India
Dearth of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in the country has pulled in entrepreneurial ventures from social pioneer Sweta Mangal
Consider a situation – you or any of your relatives fall ill and are in need of emergency healthcare services. You dial the regular ambulance emergency number only to find a dead line. That is not the commercial or legal incrimination of the healthcare services by the government, but unfortunately is the status quo of the healthcare services in India.
Unlike vastly popularized 911 emergency services, India still lacks the prerogative of urgent medical care. With a burgeoning populace, healthcare services in India have sine long seen minuscule growth in the quality and scale of healthcare services. However, the stance and the current healthcare predicament has pulled in interest from entrepreneurs to improve the services in the healthcare industry.
A social entrepreneur and a healthcare pioneer, Sweta Mangal has been actively involved in a number of healthcare ventures, directly associated with urgent medical attention and emergency care – the inspiration of which was derived from the aforementioned 911 emergency services. The standard of operation of her ventures encompasses helping people in critical situations in addition to the urgent care required by patients. In addition to the emergency care, Mangal’s vision also focuses on providing accessible medical care by enabling patients to book appointments and the service of healthcare personnel.
Co-founded by Ravi Krishna, Naresh Jain, and Sweta Mangal, Ziqitza Healthcare, her first foray in the healthcare sector focused on emergency care. In addition to its then unprecedented initiative, the organization also had a diverse market presence and a comprehensive set of healthcare services offered all over India.
In addition to her stint in Ziqitza, Sweta Mangal is also a trustee of Life Supporters Institute of Health Sciences (LIHS), a leading life support training institute. Currently, she heads MUrgency, a global emergency response network that services people facing a medical emergency.
Healthcare services in India already bear the brunt of fewer healthcare personnel and lack of infrastructure. Add to that the lack of a comprehensive ambulance services, unequipped with trained professionals and a high turnaround time makes EMS the most substandard service in India.
That said, the current progress and initiative by Sweta Mangal in tandem with the National Health Mission could further reduce the fatalities caused by the lack of emergency medical services in the nation.
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