The Coronavirus pandemic is affecting tens of thousands of people in profound ways, including loss of work, a lack of food supplies and most importantly lack of oxygen cylinders.
Patients are struggling at home as hospitals are choked. There are an endless number of people who could not get a hospital bed in Delhi or its suburb of Noida for their loved ones and as their condition continued to deteriorate. Many of them spent most of their time looking for an oxygen cylinder in black market. Helpless people are paying a hefty amount of INR 50,000 rupees to procure a cylinder that normally costs around INR 6,000. On the other hand, it might be possible that such people may not be able to find or afford another cylinder on the black market. But as we know, most of India's population cannot afford to do this. There are already several reports of people dying at the doorsteps of hospitals because they couldn't afford to buy essential drugs and oxygen on the black market.
Times of crisis, it is said, brings out the best in us. As India goes through the world's biggest lock down, every day people are turning into real life heroes. Amid the spiralling COVID-19 cases in New Delhi, National Organisation For Social Empowerment also known as National NGO is providing FREE OXYGEN SEVA to help patients at a time when the life-saving gas is in short supply. Hospitals in Delhi are reeling under an acute shortage of medical oxygen. Though we aren't providing cylinders for home, patients can come to our premises i.e. Zamrudpur, Greater Kailash, New Delhi and use them till their oxygen levels normalize. Our team stands in queues outside gas agencies and waits for hours to procure oxygen cylinders for the patients. After procuring the cylinders, we provide oxygen seva to whosoever is in need for free irrespective of religion, caste or creed.
Everyone is desperate, racing against time, fighting an uphill battle against a deadly disease that has unleashed death and destruction upon Delhi in just a few weeks. We are receiving hundreds of calls every day, many stricken with coronavirus are dying while they wait. Hospitals are struggling to accommodate breathless patients, or even keep alive those who were lucky enough to find a bed. Our Social media feeds and WhatsApp groups are full of frantic pleas for oxygen cylinders.
WHAT THEY NEED?
A critical Covid-19 patient’s medical oxygen requirement is approximately 86,000 litres per day. With cases exploding, our country is looking to stack up on the vital life-saver. Covid-19 primarily infects the lungs in the affected individuals and in severe cases, causes death due to Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and pneumonia. As Covid induces shortage of oxygen in the body due to its impact on lungs, patients are immediately shifted into oxygen therapy or put on ventilators, in critical cases, to keep their vital functions active. Oxygen acts as a life-saver for Covid patients.
There is a requirement of oxygen from many Covid-19 positive patients in Delhi/NCR. In view of the problems of the people, this step was taken and it was decided to provide FREE OXYGEN SEVA to the affected people. We hope that patients get some relief through the good work carried out by our team.
Oxygen concentrator: INR 55k
Oxygen cylinder: INR 8-12k
Oxygen kit: INR 2500
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ABOUT THE NGO:
National Organisation for Social Empowerment is registered under the Indian Trust Act of 1882, Section 60 (Registration no. 1895).
The National Organisation for Social Empowerment (National NGO), a non-profit organisation, has come forward to help the poor and needy in every possible way in this pandemic. The NGO was established by Amandeep Singh and Sparsh Maheshwari, who have devoted their lives to the noble cause of helping the poor and downtrodden people.