COVID-19 Warriors: Amid Oxygen Shortage, Khalsa Aid Provides Free Oxygen Concentrators To COVID-19 Patients In Home Isolation In Delhi

COVID-19 Warriors: Amid Oxygen Shortage, Khalsa Aid Provides Free Oxygen Concentrators To COVID-19 Patients In Home Isolation In Delhi

As the country faces an unprecedented medical emergency including the lack of oxygen supply due to the surging COVID-19 cases, International NGO Khalsa Aid’s India chapter has come forward to provide oxygen concentrator devices to the COVID-19 patients free of cost
COVID-19 Warriors: Amid Oxygen Shortage, Khalsa Aid Provides Free Oxygen Concentrators To COVID-19 Patients In Home Isolation In DelhiCurrently, Khalsa Aid is providing free oxygen concentrators to COVID-19 patients in need in Delhi and plans to expand its services to other states soon
Highlights
  • 500 concentrators provided by Khalsa Aid are in circulation in Delhi
  • Khalsa Aid India is receiving support from people across the world
  • The NGO plans to extend their COVID-19 relief drive to other states as well

New Delhi: During the ongoing second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, apart from hospital beds, ambulances and medicines, people have been hunting for oxygen. In this time of unprecedented medical emergency, International NGO Khalsa Aid’s India chapter has come forward to provide Oxygen concentrator devices to the COVID-19 patients in home isolation in Delhi for free of cost. According to experts, oxygen concentrator can be helpful for mild to moderate cases of COVID-19. Currently, the NGO is providing free ‘Sewa’ (service) of oxygen concentrators in the National Capital Region of Delhi and soon plans to expand its services to other states.

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Sharing his experience with NDTV, Amarpreet Singh, Director, Khalsa Aid India said,

Khalsa Aid has worked tirelessly during many calamities like earthquakes and floods. Now we are running a drive to help COVID-19 patient with oxygen concentrators and assist the COVID-19 relief work. We are getting support from our chapters in the United States of America, Canada and the United Kingdom. They are contributing generously towards our drive. We are also receiving a lot of cooperation from the patients and their families. Initially when we started the drive, we were told that people may not return the concentrator, but we had faith in them, and we knew that they would cooperate in these times of crisis.

Explaining the process for availing the facility, Mr. Singh said that the NGO has started a dedicated helpline WhatsApp number (+91-9115609005) where the patients need to send a message after which they will be sent a Google form to fill-in details including their address, condition and other necessary information. Mr. Singh added,

Our volunteers call patients based on the order in which the Google forms are filled. We verify the details and ask about the status of the patient. If the patients have still not received any support from hospitals, we provide the oxygen concentrator at their home. Patients can keep the concentrator for seven days after which if the patient is better, our volunteers go to their house to pick up the unit. We tell the patients that in case the unit gets free prior to seven days, they should not hold the unit any longer and give it back to us so that it can be used for saving more lives.

The NGO has ordered over 1,500 more units of oxygen concentrator which they are yet to receive from the manufacturer. On the demand and supply of oxygen concentrators in the national capital, Mr. Singh said that the helpline receives hundreds of messages every day.

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There is a lot of demand for oxygen among the COVID-19 patients. Managing the supply is a huge challenge that the government is also facing, and our organisation is also facing. But with God’s grace were able to procure some units of oxygen concentrators and currently 500 units are in circulation in the national capital, said Mr. Singh.

The NGO has been receiving support from people across the world including author JK Rowling who donated a six-figure grant to the organisation to boost their work in the country. The creator of Harry Potter took to twitter to acknowledge the work being done by Khalsa Aid. She said,

Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who bought a copy of The Ickabog. As a result, my charitable trust continues to be able to support those worst affected by the pandemic #COVIDIndia

How Does An Oxygen Concentrator Work?

Oxygen concentrators are medical devices that assist people who have a low level of oxygen in their blood. They are powered by plugging the device into an electrical outlet or by using a battery. The device receives air, purifies it, and then distributes the newly formed air.

COVID-19 Warriors: Amid Oxygen Shortage, Khalsa Aid Provides Free Oxygen Concentrators To COVID-19 Patients In Home Isolation In Delhi
An oxygen concentrator receives the air, purifies it, and then distributes the newly formed air

Before it goes into the concentrator, the air is made up of 80 per cent nitrogen and 20 per cent oxygen. An oxygen concentrator uses the air in the room which is made up of nitrogen, oxygen and other gases and with help of the water in the bottle attached to it, the device is able to produce 90 – 95 per cent pure oxygen and 5 to 10 per cent nitrogen. The nitrogen is separated to give the patient the highest dose of oxygen possible to help them recover.

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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

126

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