COVID-19 Crisis: ‘Oxygen Langar’ At This Ghaziabad Gurdwara Has Helped Save Lives

COVID-19 Crisis: ‘Oxygen Langar’ At This Ghaziabad Gurdwara Has Helped Save Lives

COVID-19 patients with low oxygen saturation can go to Shri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram and use the cylinders available there till their oxygen levels normalise
COVID-19 Crisis: ‘Oxygen Langar’ At This Ghaziabad Gurdwara Has Helped Save LivesA Gurdwara in Indirapuram, Ghaziabad is conducting ‘oxygen langar’ for COVID-19 patients in need
Highlights
  • Patients can simply walk in and use the oxygen available for free: Gurdwara
  • People are anxious and desperate: Shri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Chief
  • Many hospitals in the country are facing acute oxygen shortage

New Delhi: Amid the unprecedented shortage of oxygen in the wake of the second wave of COVID-19 sweeping the country, Shri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Ghaziabad has come forward to help patients with low oxygen levels and save their lives through an initiative called ‘Oxygen Langar’. Just like any other langar (community free kitchens) organized by the Sikh community, ‘Oxygen Langar’ is also based on the philosophy of ‘Seva’ or selfless service. The Gurdwara has created a facility in its premises where patients can simply come and utilise the oxygen available for free.

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Speaking to NDTV, Gurpreet Singh Rummy, Chief, Gurdwara Indirapuram said,

With the help of our volunteers, we have been able to save thousands of people till now. During the initial days of the ‘oxygen langar’ we were helping save lives of at least 200 critical patients every day by providing them with oxygen. Those patients came here with oxygen saturation of 40-45 on the oximeter and we ensured that the level rises up to over 90.

The Gurdwara started the initiative on April 22 after numerous hospitals across the Delhi-NCR started reporting lack of oxygen and sending out messages for help. The initiative received support from NGO Khalsa Help International and social activists. The volunteers are helping in maintaining managing the crowd and assisting patients at the Gurdwara premise. However, in the initial days of the programme maintaining physical distancing and following COVID-19 norms was difficult as people were desperate, and patients were pouring in a few volunteers including Mr. Rummy’s 28-year-old son caught the infection. Mr. Rummy said,

When we started ‘oxygen langar’, our only focus was on saving lives and helping the patients who were not getting a bed, oxygen, medicines or support from9 any hospital. They were desperate and in crisis. There was no hospital in the Delhi-NCR region with enough facilities to take in more patients. It was an emergency situation. Every day there used to be huge lines of vehicles on the road and with patients, relatives, volunteers running around to save lives, it was not possible to strictly follow COVID-19 norms. We worked 24 hours during that time. Some of our own contracted the virus and my son is also struggling right now. But thankfully, the situation is slightly better on ground now. We are still getting many patients, but the rush is not as high as before. So we are able to maintain physical distancing as much as possible among the patients, their relatives and volunteers. We ensure that everyone is wearing personal protective equipments (PPEs).

Patients can take oxygen from the vehicle itself in which they arrive. To avail the facility, one can contact the Gurdwara on their helpline number (9097041313).

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The Gurdwara committee has formed teams to organise cylinders, said Mr. Rummy. Some of the cylinders have been brought from as far as Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh and Rudrapur in Uttarakhand.

A resident of Ghaziabad who was waiting to get a cylinder for a COVID-19 positive relative said,

This is our last resort. We have tried getting bed and oxygen cylinder everywhere. Hospitals are running out of the critical supplies. Many patients have come here. The Gurdwara is helping us.

Another resident present at the ‘Oxygen langar’ facility lamented the tendency of some people to take advantage of the crisis. He said,

It is a matter of shame that the cylinder which normally costs Rs. 2,000 is currently being sold at high prices.

On the current shortage of oxygen supply in hospitals and the emergency situation that the country is facing, Mr. Rummy said,

This is extremely unfortunate. I don’t know what the government is doing. People are desperate. They are coming to us for help. If we can get the cylinders, why can’t they ensure it, too?

Mr. Rummy and Khalsa Help International have started recently started a COVID Care facility in the city with 100 beds with oxygen. They are also working on starting ‘oxygen langars’ at other locations in Ghaziabad to help people cope with the crisis.

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World

19,66,15,634Cases
6,33,31,644Active
12,90,85,240Recovered
41,98,750Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,66,15,634 and 41,98,750 have died; 6,33,31,644 are active cases and 12,90,85,240 have recovered as on July 30, 2021 at 4:07 am.

India

3,15,72,344 44,230Cases
4,05,155 1,315Active
3,07,43,972 42,360Recovered
4,23,217 555Deaths
In India, there are 3,15,72,344 confirmed cases including 4,23,217 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,05,155 and 3,07,43,972 have recovered as on July 30, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

62,90,156 7,242

81,933 3,980

60,75,888 11,032

1,32,335 190

Kerala

33,49,365 22,064

1,55,327 5,287

31,77,453 16,649

16,585 128

Karnataka

29,01,247 2,052

23,277 685

28,41,479 1,332

36,491 35

Tamil Nadu

25,55,664 1,859

21,207 314

25,00,434 2,145

34,023 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,62,049 2,107

21,279 280

19,27,438 1,807

13,332 20

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,373 60

784 16

16,84,834 44

22,755

West Bengal

15,26,539 766

11,300 70

14,97,116 822

18,123 14

Delhi

14,36,144 51

554 19

14,10,541 70

25,049

Chhattisgarh

10,01,781 130

2,086 140

9,86,175 270

13,520

Odisha

9,74,132 1,615

15,276 489

9,53,088 2,039

5,768 65

Rajasthan

9,53,622 17

259 9

9,44,410 26

8,953

Gujarat

8,24,829 27

268 6

8,14,485 33

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,796 18

130 0

7,81,153 18

10,513

Haryana

7,69,858 30

712 10

7,59,516 17

9,630 3

Bihar

7,24,719 46

481 1

7,14,596 42

9,642 3

Telangana

6,43,716 623

9,188 126

6,30,732 746

3,796 3

Punjab

5,99,005 58

553 6

5,82,162 60

16,290 4

Assam

5,64,030 1,299

14,114 385

5,44,695 1,664

5,221 20

Jharkhand

3,47,105 56

259 22

3,41,720 34

5,126

Uttarakhand

3,41,982 48

669 3

3,33,952 51

7,361

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,207 181

1,144 5

3,15,686 175

4,377 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,05,728 229

1,098 145

2,01,110 84

3,520

Goa

1,70,900 90

1,077 5

1,66,679 93

3,144 2

Puducherry

1,20,725 98

972 49

1,17,961 49

1,792

Manipur

96,824 1,000

10,895 27

84,408 1,016

1,521 11

Tripura

78,059 271

3,640 221

73,665 488

754 4

Meghalaya

63,745 731

5,750 294

56,933 423

1,062 14

Chandigarh

61,948 5

37 1

61,102 4

809

Arunachal Pradesh

47,477 335

4,252 49

43,000 383

225 1

Mizoram

37,171 764

11,862 252

25,168 511

141 1

Nagaland

27,653 67

1,299 51

25,798 114

556 4

Sikkim

26,132 276

3,297 180

22,498 92

337 4

Ladakh

20,324 4

60 4

20,057 8

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,643 1

36 5

10,603 6

4

Lakshadweep

10,162 7

70 6

10,042 13

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,534 3

10 3

7,395

129

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