The uphill battle against Covid19 has taken new shapes and forms in its second wave. Rajasthan on 12th May (Wednesday) reported 16,384 daily cases and 164 deaths – amongst the highest ever in the state. The sharp surge in Covid cases and their medical needs have put our healthcare system under severe stress.
The raging pandemic has left homes, hospitals, and cremation grounds exhausted and overwhelmed. People are in dire need of oxygen and other medical equipment like oximeter, medicines, especially situation is more worsen in rural areas of Rajasthan. The demand for these instruments has spiked. As per the survey, around 7 lac people in rural Rajasthan show covid symptoms. People are forced to remain indoors in rural areas keeping in mind the limited health facilities at various PHCs.
Following directions from doctors, healthcare workers who are currently at the frontlines, Prayaas Corps believes that Oxygen Concentrators, oximeters, and essential medicines can be a viable option in the fight against this pandemic. Moreover, demand for oxygen can be reduced by providing oxygen concentrators after oxygen cylinders to these PHCss and to patients who have isolated themselves at home and require oxygen. They are medical devices that concentrate oxygen in the air by removing undesirable gasses to supply an oxygen-enriched gas stream. Unlike cylinders that requisite frequent refilling, oxygen concentrators lasts for months.
We are looking to procure more and more Oxygen Concentrators and are in conversation with several suppliers to procure them. Each high flow (10lpm) oxygen concentrator costs Rs. 85,000 and can treat and save the lives of up to 550 patients with a severe or critical illness.
Each low flow concentrator costs Rs 55,000 and can treat and save the lives of up to 900 patients with mild to moderate illness. Each unit can be reused several times over for several months and can be used even after Covid.
Each concentrator can be reused over and over. We may redistribute the number of concentrators across districts for rural areas depending upon the caseload. We will hold camps in urban slums and nearby rural areas that will witness a surge in cases within days.
For ration distribution, our team is present on the ground to identify communities and distribute kits to the needy. The packages are being delivered in bulk at distribution sites and then given away to families.
Saving 50,000 to 90,000 lives through Oxygen Supply by strengthing PHCs at the rural level and keeping deprivation and hunger at bay through Ration kits.
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