Enova Mission Program

Ahmedabaed, India

On January 4th, 2019 two of Enova’s own, President Roger Heegaard and Anders Berglund, set out on a two-month long journey to explore and better understand the medical infrastructure and healthcare needs of a number of developing and underdeveloped countries – specifically India, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Nigeria, Liberia, and Tanzania.

During this time they will be meeting with doctors, administrators, nurses and other healthcare professionals on the frontlines of medical care. A key part of their exploration will be visiting multiple mission hospitals in need of better surgical lighting and will be donating Enova surgical headlights to these hospitals. One of the many hospitals they have had the pleasure of visiting was the U.N. Metha Cardiac Hospital in Ahmedabad, India. Ahmedabad lies close to the center of the western Indian state of Gujarat.  With an urban population of over 6 million people, it remains the largest city in Gujarat, despite no longer being the state’s capital.  Like many cities in India, it has a rich and ancient history and contains many spectacular monuments.  On the banks of the Sabarmati River on the north side of town lies an Ashram founded by Mahatma Gandhi.  It was here that Gandhi focused energy on his philosophies of non-violence.  The city also contains countless temples and mosques, including the intricate and beautiful Hutheesing Jain temple crawling with monkeys. 

However, in the modern era, Ahmedabad is distinguishing itself in the area of healthcare. Despite a lower population than other Indian cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, and Hyderabad, Ahmedabad is on track to finish developments for what will become the largest cardiac hospital in the world.  By the summer of 2019, four new buildings will be completed at the U.N. Metha Cardiac Hospital bringing its bed total to well over 1,000.  Aiming to complete at least 12,000 cardiac surgeries per year, the hospital will outpace every other on earth. What is extra incredible about the future of Metha hospital is its designation.  Many large and successful hospitals in India are private, for-profit establishments.  U.N. Metha hospital, however, is a government-funded public hospital.  This means over 80% of the surgeries performed are performed free of cost to the patients through India’s public healthcare system.  Citizens living below the Indian poverty line get life-saving treatment under some of the best cardiac surgeons in the world, without selling their assets or going into debt. To make these dreams a reality, the hospital requires excellent talent.  The cardiac team includes 45 cardiac surgeons, 60 cardiac anesthetists, and more than 70 interventional cardiologists.  Leading the team is a surgeon named Dr. Chirag Doshi. Dr. Chirag (they go by first names here) believes in every person’s right to health and wellness and has worked to become a well-known and highly respected surgeon in his field.  Performing 4-5 surgeries per day, and helping with the hospital’s expansion, Dr. Chirag is busy beyond belief.  But as India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be coming to the opening of the new hospital wing at Metha, it is the work of people like Dr. Chirag and his team that will make Modi proud. 

As part of the Enova Missions Foundation, Enova Illumination will be donating headlights to the doctors and surgeons dedicated to helping those in need.  Because of U.N. Metha Hospital’s extensive work on patients living below the poverty line, Enova Illumination donated an XLT-225A LED surgical headlight to the cardiac surgical team.  As the hospital grows in Ahmedabad, our only hope is that our product can continue to help save the lives of many to come.

View a video of their time in Ahmedabad here: https://youtu.be/k_xOZQHzAzI  

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