In these trying times, the onus is on us to rush to one another’s help.
A deadly challenge
“In the capital, Uttar Pradesh, COVID is now killing 1 person, every four minutes,” reports BBC (26.04.2021).
Of these COVID-related deaths, several are due to a lack of oxygen supply. But oxygen cylinders aren’t the only plausible source of oxygen. COVID-related respiratory distress can also be managed with the help of oxygen concentrators, which do not require a cylinder.
What are oxygen concentrators?
These are machines that concentrate oxygen from the ambient air surrounding us. This air is a mixture of 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and 1% of other gases. An oxygen concentrator filters out the other gases and concentrates oxygen. It provides a steady supply of 90-95% pure oxygen to the patient and can potentially run 24/7. However, oxygen concentrators are expensive to procure, costing up to Rs 45,000 for a low-flow concentrator and Rs 85,000 for a high-flow concentrator.
One low-flow concentrator can treat and save the lives of up to 900 patients with mild to moderate illness. At the same time, a high-flow concentrator can treat and save the lives of up to 550 patients with a severe or critical illness.
Rising to meet the challenge: Procuring oxygen concentrators for hospitals
India’s frontline COVID workers have put their heart and soul into fighting the deadly crisis in the nation. However, several are heartbroken and helpless as the oxygen resources fall short. Lives that could be saved are being lost. India is suffocating with lack of O2. We urge you to help meet the challenge of making sufficient supply of oxygen available and help hospitals procure Rs 1.5 crore for 111 low-flow concentrators and 117 high-flow oxygen concentrators.
Gramin Vikas Sansthan, Chitrakoot Lock Kalyan Trust and other organizations, will ensure that every rupee you donate is spent towards helping India breathe better. Come, let’s fight together for India and our people.