IIT-G designs bamboo hospital beds 

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They are highly beneficial during epidemics and pandemics 

  • The Department of Design in the Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati (IIT-G) has completed a project in designing bamboo furniture to meet the requirements of the primary health centres in rural Assam during the COVID-19 pandemic.  
  • The bamboo range, offered scope for improving basic infrastructure facilities during epidemics and pandemics such as COVID-19.  
  • The current pandemic has brought to the fore the need for seeking self-reliance of sustainable solutions that are contextually appropriate for meeting the needs of the community.  
  • The project would lead to utilising bamboo effectively for community facilities.   
  • Such utilisation was limited despite bamboo craft being an important economic driver in the northeast.  
  • Other bamboo hospital furniture items designed include a wheelchair.  
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