URGENT Oxygen is need of the hour in India

You may assist by supporting GiveIndia’s mission to alleviate the scarcity in oxygen provide

ONLY days in the past, a distinguished Delhi hospital ran out of medical oxygen that led to the demise of 12 coronavirus sufferers, together with a physician of that very hospital – the top of its gastroenterology unit Dr R Ok Himthani. The hospital, dealing with an acute scarcity of ventilators and ICU beds, raised an alarm over dwindling provide of O2 whereas battling inpouring sufferers. 

Preventing towards time, with out further provide, paramedics and docs used guide resuscitators known as Ambu baggage as a final resort to maintain their sufferers alive. It was a nightmare because the employees tried to maintain sufferers and handle determined members of the family who realized in regards to the oxygen scarcity. Regardless of all their efforts, they may not save the sufferers.

Numerous such tragedies from all corners of India are being reported every single day for the previous few weeks:
24 dead in Karnataka hospital due to oxygen shortageDelhi’s Batra Hospital runs out of oxygen leaving 8 patients deadDeath of 5 patients in Uttar Pradesh as oxygen supply disruptedOxygen shortage in two Andhra Pradesh hospitals kills 16 Covid patientsWaiting for oxygen 4 dead in ASCOMS Hospital in Jammu and Kashmir.’ The demise toll simply doesn’t cease.

Gasping for breath

Social media feeds are filled with determined pleas for oxygen cylinders and Whatsapp teams have was peer-to-peer helplines to supply its provide, very important medicines and find hospital beds for Covid sufferers. The scenario throughout the nation appears to be worsening as India grapples with a lethal second wave.

At present, the nation is battling an astonishing surge in instances – over 36 lakh energetic infections. The dimensions at which persons are getting contaminated every day is terrifying – a world report of 4 lakh in a single day. However medical oxygen and important tools proceed to be in extraordinarily brief provide. Oxygen remedy is crucial for Covid-19 sufferers with hypoxia since their blood O2 degree turns into very low and the dearth of it alone is killing extra folks than the virus.

We’re helplessly witnessing a disaster on loop as 1000’s amongst us are dropping members of the family, associates, kin and colleagues. The dimensions of devastation of human lives and the trauma of sufferers’ households has put everybody right into a state of collective mourning. Harrowing photos and movies of sufferers’ households determined for assist, crying and crowding exterior hospitals proceed to hang-out. Medical doctors and hospital employees are risking their lives to avoid wasting ours.

Oxygen scarcity

Consultants state that India is producing sufficient oxygen, almost 7,000 tonnes a day. However most of it goes for industrial use. The instant want of the hour is to divert it for medical functions however transport and storage are a problem. Particular cryogenic tankers transport liquid O2 at very low temperatures to distributors who then use it to fill cylinders. The primary difficulty is an acute scarcity of cryogenic tankers and secondly, they will solely be transported by street, and never by air, for security causes.

Additional, most oxygen producers are in India’s jap area, whereas the hovering demand has been most in northern and western states, significantly in cities like Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai. The scarcity is now acutely felt throughout areas together with the southern Indian cities of Bangalore and Hyderabad.

Our COVID-19 mission to boost supply

To answer the imploding well being emergency, we have now launched our Oxygen SOS mission to assist crucial Covid sufferers with oxygen and important tools by means of our companion NGOs current throughout India. As a part of this mission we are going to:

1. Arrange oxygen technology crops in hospitals and Covid facility compounds, beginning with Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Patna. A 5,000-litre capability plant prices ₹6cr and may assist 650 folks per day.

2. Present oxygen concentrators that use oxygen from the air and convert it to medical-grade oxygen. One oxygen concentrator prices ₹55,000.

3. Distribute oxygen cylinders that may assist a affected person for 5-7 days. The B-type (1,500L) oxygen cylinder prices ₹15,000 whereas the D-type (6,000L) prices ₹25,000. We may even refill oxygen cylinders.  The price of refilling AB-type cylinder is ₹800/refill and D-type cylinder is ₹2,500/refill.

4. Present ventilators and non-invasive life-saving tools reminiscent of Bipaps. One ventilator prices ₹5 lakh and Bipap prices roughly ₹60,000.

Final 12 months too, on the onset of the pandemic, hospitals had been dealing with a scarcity of protecting gear and tools. We, at GiveIndia, responded in report time to face robust beside our saviours, our healthcare heroes. 

Collectively, we may help save lives

An unrelenting human tragedy is unfolding earlier than us and 1000’s of households are dropping their family members to coronavirus each single day. There’s an pressing want for oxygen in hospitals and COVID Care Centres; a scarcity of which is cruelly snatching away crucial sufferers’ potential probabilities of survival.

To alleviate this monumental struggling, we should come collectively to instil hope and assist these in dire want. Numerous lives that would have been saved are misplaced now. However we will nonetheless save 1000’s of lives whereas staying secure in our houses. Please donate generously to help provide oxygen and very important tools to crucial COVID sufferers. Saving lives issues most now. India wants us.



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