As second wave rages, good Samaritans across India stand up to fight Covid-19
- Fearless Indians all over the country are doing their best to help people who are infected by Covid-19 or are suffering due to due to economic or social reasons brought about by the pandemic.
Healthcare and frontline workers are racing against time to help the nation avert the crisis brought on by the second wave of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in India. Police personnel, essential workers and social organisations are heavily involved in helping people who are either infected with the virus or are adversely affected due to economic or social reasons brought about by the pandemic.
Many people seeing the nation suffer in these times of crisis have also shown their courage and empathy and extended a helping hand to the people impacted by the disease. Here is a list of few instances where well-meaning Indians have stood up to the challenge posed by Covid-19:
1. Abhishek Gupta, owner of an oxygen plant in Mayapuri and Inderjeet Singh Monty, president of Mayapuri Trading Association saw the oxygen crisis Delhi is facing and worked round-the-clock to provide oxygen to private hospitals in west Delhi. People from all over Delhi who are in urgent need of medical oxygen have received help from them and over the past few days 500-600 people went there to get their cylinders refilled. “The whole cost of this is borne out by Abhishek. He told us to help manage the things on ground and ensure that people's demands are being met,” Monty told news agency PTI.
A similar effort has been taken up by a gurdwara at Indirapuram in Ghaziabad. Under the ‘Oxygen Langar’ initiative, the gurdwara pledged to provide oxygen to people until they find a hospital bed.
2. In a hospital in Surat, Nancy Ayeza Mistry, who is four months’ pregnant, takes care of patients while observing Roza. Mistry said that for her attending to patients is akin to praying. “I am doing my duty as a nurse. I consider serving people as a form of prayer,” Mistry was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
3. A woman constable in Rajasthan’s Dungarpur police station who could not leave the precinct was assisted by her colleagues who celebrated her Haldi ceremony there. The constable could not avail a leave owing to sheer volume of work as Rajasthan reported a spike in the number of cases.
4. Ranchi's Ravi is happy to drop anybody who needs a ride to the hospital. He drives an auto-rickshaw for a living and has shared his number on social media for anyone who needs a ride or is sick and has been refused a ride. “I have been doing this since April 15. It started with an old woman who needed a ride to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (Rims) but was refused by others. My phone number is on social media so that people can reach out to me,” Ravi was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
5. Noida-based social activist Kiran Verma with his Maruti Suzuki Esteem offered to drop people who wanted to donate their plasma at a blood bank and provided food to people in need at their doorstep. “The motivation is simply that these are very difficult times and I just wanted to encourage more people to come forward and show that we all are together in this tough time,” Verma was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. Verma had attended more than 600 calls till now.
Gurgaon-based Hemkunt Foundation distributes oxygen cylinders free of cost
The National Capital has seen Covid-19 cases overwhelm the existing oxygen supply, with several major private hospitals warning that they have mere minutes of oxygen left. In the face of this shortage, Gurgaon-based Hemkunt Foundation has been providing oxygen cylinders free of charge to coronavirus patients in Mumbai and Delhi. Like Dhoondh, the foundation has been involved in Covid relief efforts since the first wave. But the sheer volume of requests it has received this time around has been alarmingly higher.