India has witnessed an unprecedented second wave of the covid-19 pandemic in the last few weeks. The pandemic has claimed over 200,000 lives, the current active caseloads are over 3.5 Million. An estimated 700,000 people are currently in dire need of hospitalisation with oxygen including ICUs.
This unparalleled crisis has brought us all together to cooperate and collaborate in order to prevent loved ones from leaving too soon.
#missionoxygen, an initiative that was started only a couple of weeks back aims to systematically address the on-ground issues with the intent to make oxygen supplies across different severities of use available in the shortest time possible. Mission Oxygen is run under the umbrella of DEMOCRACY PEOPLE FOUNDATION.
There are 3 key areas identified by the team at #missionoxygen:
Immediate Need: 10L/Min Oxygen Concentrators at healthcare facilities to cater to moderate cases of covid-19
HFNC (Hi-Flow Nasal Cannulas), BiPAP and C-PAP machines from critical care as life-saving devices
Captive Oxygen Generation Plants in Tier-II cities to make hospitals self-sufficient when it comes to Oxygen supplies and doesn't run out of Oxygen during peak needs.
It is estimated that India currently requires over 300,000 Hi-Flow (>10L/min) and Low Flow (5-8 L/min) oxygen concentrators. Mission Oxygen itself has received requests for over 40,000 hi-flow concentrators from over 800 Hospitals across 20 States. Mission Oxygen is in the process of distributing 6,000 Hi-Flow Oxygen Concentrators across India from its Phase I of fundraisingHFNC and BiPAP Machines:
The team currently has requests from 5 states for over 500 HFNC and Bi-PAP machines that doctors have requested urgently as life-saving equipment for patients in critical care. Mission Oxygen has pledged Rs. 15 Crores from its Phase II fundraise to procurement and distribution of such equipment to the most urgent cases. Each life lost is too many.
Captive Oxygen Generation Plants:
Prior to the second wave, India was producing ~7,200 MT of concentrated oxygen. However, only 15% of it (1,080 MT was for medical use). As of May 7th, 2021 Delhi’s demand is 800MT/day, Maharashtra needs 1,600 MT/Day, M.P. needs 525 MT/Day just to mention a few states. Industrial oxygen is being diverted for medical use resulting in not only lives lost but also livelihoods lost in the industries that remain shut.
#MissionOxygen has now committed to assisting public and charitable hospitals set up captive oxygen generation plants ranging from 10 Nm3/hr (Serving a 40-50 Bed Hospital) up to 60 Nm3/Hr (Serving a 250+ Bed Hospital) in Tier II and Tier III towns where the peaks are expected in subsequent weeks and are most heavily dependent on medical oxygen be transported from far-away production facilities.
Our first project is currently underway at Delhi’s Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital of 35 Nm3/hr and will begin generation by May 15th, 2021.
Mission Oxygen has a goal of setting up 100 Oxygen Plants across the country, we have already placed orders for 10 plants and one is operational.
About Mission Oxygen
#MissionOxygen started on April 23rd, 2021 as a community initiative by a group of entrepreneurs to donate 500 Oxygen Concentrators with the help of contributions from socially conscious community members. That initiative today has swelled to contributions of over Rs. 35 Crore (~USD 4.5 Million), and has enabled the team to procure over 6,000 medical oxygen concentrators of 10L/min capacity, distribute over 1,000 Concentrators to over 100 public, private and charitable medical care facilities across India. The team expects to distribute all 6,000 concentrators between May 20th, and May 25th in record time and with unrelenting efforts of the community.