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

17,66,30,634Cases
5,80,25,717Active
11,47,82,895Recovered
38,22,022Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,66,30,634 and 38,22,022 have died; 5,80,25,717 are active cases and 11,47,82,895 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 3:30 am.

India

2,96,33,105 62,224Cases
8,65,43247,946Active
2,83,88,100 1,07,628Recovered
3,79,573 2,542Deaths
In India, there are 2,96,33,105 confirmed cases including 3,79,573 deaths. The number of active cases is 8,65,432 and 2,83,88,100 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,24,773 7,652

1,41,440 8,982

56,69,179 15,176

1,14,154 1,458

Karnataka

27,77,010 5,041

1,62,303 9,859

25,81,559 14,785

33,148 115

Kerala

27,48,204 12,246

1,12,792 1,456

26,23,904 13,536

11,508 166

Tamil Nadu

23,78,298 11,805

1,25,215 11,669

22,23,015 23,207

30,068 267

Andhra Pradesh

18,20,134 5,741

75,134 4,879

17,32,948 10,567

12,052 53

Uttar Pradesh

17,03,207 270

7,221 890

16,74,072 1,104

21,914 56

West Bengal

14,68,044 3,268

20,046 1,125

14,30,949 2,068

17,049 75

Delhi

14,31,498 228

3,078 148

14,03,569 364

24,851 12

Chhattisgarh

9,88,172 609

11,717 943

9,63,113 1,544

13,342 8

Rajasthan

9,50,133 172

5,619 848

9,35,658 1,006

8,856 14

Odisha

8,59,526 3,405

44,358 3,436

8,11,780 6,799

3,388 42

Gujarat

8,21,078 352

8,884 658

8,02,187 1,006

10,007 4

Madhya Pradesh

7,88,649 224

3,610 331

7,76,424 528

8,615 27

Haryana

7,66,357 228

3,703 374

7,53,584 564

9,070 38

Bihar

7,17,949 410

4,360 412

7,04,075 813

9,514 9

Telangana

6,06,436 1,556

19,933 528

5,82,993 2,070

3,510 14

Punjab

5,89,153 628

10,802 1,111

5,62,701 1,691

15,650 48

Assam

4,66,590 3,415

41,184 475

4,21,378 2,906

4,028 34

Jharkhand

3,43,793 184

2,646 416

3,36,058 596

5,089 4

Uttarakhand

3,37,449 274

3,642 266

3,26,822 515

6,985 25

Jammu And Kashmir

3,08,726 715

12,407 1,125

2,92,114 1,830

4,205 10

Himachal Pradesh

1,99,197 321

4,050 382

1,91,737 691

3,410 12

Goa

1,63,048 327

4,175 231

1,55,926 548

2,947 10

Puducherry

1,13,192 355

4,668 279

1,06,828 629

1,696 5

Chandigarh

61,200 40

486 21

59,917 58

797 3

Manipur

61,096 785

8,744 301

51,354 476

998 8

Tripura

60,385 536

4,886 65

54,870 596

629 5

Meghalaya

42,759 450

4,430 99

37,579 542

750 7

Arunachal Pradesh

31,938 290

2,849 40

28,934 326

155 4

Nagaland

23,854 101

2,972 229

20,423 327

459 3

Ladakh

19,649 38

552 20

18,898 57

199 1

Sikkim

18,659 209

3,239 67

15,136 273

284 3

Mizoram

15,899 268

3,637 45

12,191 312

71 1

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,473 9

61 2

10,408 7

4

Lakshadweep

9,297 61

484 36

8,768 96

45 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,280 11

105 4

7,049 15

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