Our country is going through an unprecedented health crisis due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. While our governments are doing what they can, we need to stand up and support this cause more than ever, and do what we can to save the precious lives of our fellow citizens.
As the famous saying goes “One who saves one life, saves the entire world”.
With this spirit, a few of us have gotten together as a goodwill gesture, to help tackle the problem of oxygen shortage in Rajasthan, which have been worst impacted in this second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. To further fuel this initiative, expand our outreach and maximize the social impact.
Based on discussions with various people in the medical fraternity, we have learnt that Oxygen concentrators are effective to treat patients with mild to moderate symptoms (particularly 85 <SpO2 concentration <94)
With this learning and a goal to ensure that no lives are lost due to lack of oxygen supply at home, we are starting with procurement of 140 oxygen concentrators for loaning free of charge to individuals, institutions, clinics, nursing homes. The whole objective of loaning is to ensure that the devices can be efficiently rotated for optimal use and maximum reach. We are building a logistics support network with our partner and Corporates to ensure timely delivery, pick up and installation support at patient's home
We plan to scale up our efforts programmatically to increase penetration in Jaipur and also serve other cities subsequently
FUND RAISING and UTILIZATION
We are raising 98 Lakh in the first phase that will help us procure 140 oxygen concentrators.
These devices carry appropriate domestic and international certifications. Medical device experts and practitioners in our networks have vetted the specifications and the certifications for these machines
We are also placing soft orders/commitments for machines pre-empting a higher demand in the coming few weeks
We want to distribute these O2 Concentrators under a loan program (free of charge), to the following
- Individuals with mild to moderate symptoms and who have been advised home care with external oxygen support, owing to an acute shortage of hospital beds, which are prioritized for critically ill patients currently. The concentrator will be loaned directly to the patient for a fixed duration based on pre-defined selection criteria and completely free of charge
- Underserved hospitals, clinics, temporary medical facilities set up by various private and public organizations/foundations, and nursing homes
- Timely oxygen support prevents health from deteriorating faster - In that eventuality when hospitalization is needed and beds are difficult to find, the machine can potentially provide a cushion before severity of the disease increases. It enables patients to buy time while they scramble for beds
- Unburden the Medical and Hospital infrastructure, which has completely collapsed – As per feedback received from our network of doctors and medical experts, nearly half of the Covid patients seeking hospitalisation can be treated at home if they are given oxygen support, thereby enabling availability of beds, equipments, ambulances and similar services for critically ill patients
- Break the chain - Risk of infection/re-infection in hospitals is high for kin/attendants of patients and recovered patients. Homecare using oxygen concentrators, for both pre and post treatment phases, can potentially help contain the spread to a large extent
1. Dr. Anju Sharma
2. Krishan Kant Lavania
3. Shweta Sharma