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

19,89,21,889Cases
6,44,02,340Active
13,02,83,678Recovered
42,35,871Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,89,21,889 and 42,35,871 have died; 6,44,02,340 are active cases and 13,02,83,678 have recovered as on August 3, 2021 at 3:55 am.

India

3,17,26,507 30,549Cases
4,04,9588,760Active
3,08,96,354 38,887Recovered
4,25,195 422Deaths
In India, there are 3,17,26,507 confirmed cases including 4,25,195 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,04,958 and 3,08,96,354 have recovered as on August 3, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

63,15,063 4,869

78,700 3,650

61,03,325 8,429

1,33,038 90

Kerala

34,25,473 13,984

1,65,834 2,057

32,42,684 15,923

16,955 118

Karnataka

29,08,284 1,285

24,045 123

28,47,627 1,383

36,612 25

Tamil Nadu

25,63,544 1,957

20,385 139

25,09,029 2,068

34,130 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,70,008 1,546

20,582 437

19,36,016 1,968

13,410 15

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,500 24

646 18

16,85,091 42

22,763

West Bengal

15,29,295 575

10,803 171

15,00,331 734

18,161 12

Delhi

14,36,401 51

538 44

14,10,809 95

25,054

Chhattisgarh

10,02,458 236

1,918 1

9,87,012 234

13,528 3

Odisha

9,79,737 1,032

13,318 820

9,60,386 1,785

6,033 67

Rajasthan

9,53,704 16

241 9

9,44,509 25

8,954

Gujarat

8,24,922 22

251 3

8,14,595 25

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,862 17

132 7

7,81,217 10

10,513

Haryana

7,69,956 14

703 12

7,59,614 25

9,639 1

Bihar

7,24,917 37

401 34

7,14,872 71

9,644

Telangana

6,45,997 591

8,819 54

6,33,371 643

3,807 2

Punjab

5,99,162 32

473 31

5,82,395 63

16,294

Assam

5,68,257 1,275

12,429 213

5,50,534 1,469

5,294 19

Jharkhand

3,47,223 23

239 15

3,41,855 38

5,129

Uttarakhand

3,42,198 37

574 35

3,34,261 71

7,363 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,725 118

1,254 43

3,16,090 73

4,381 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,06,369 208

1,304 75

2,01,543 132

3,522 1

Goa

1,71,295 90

1,027 16

1,67,118 72

3,150 2

Puducherry

1,21,059 54

944 38

1,18,320 92

1,795

Manipur

99,872 541

9,814 591

88,480 1,120

1,578 12

Tripura

79,026 304

3,104 12

75,167 292

755

Meghalaya

65,939 350

5,843 200

58,987 537

1,109 13

Chandigarh

61,960 6

33 3

61,116 3

811

Arunachal Pradesh

48,565 305

3,508 167

44,823 469

234 3

Mizoram

40,111 748

12,316 127

27,642 618

153 3

Nagaland

28,004 59

1,300 44

26,130 99

574 4

Sikkim

26,880 126

3,323 131

23,211 256

346 1

Ladakh

20,345 5

57 0

20,081 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,650

15 9

10,631 9

4

Lakshadweep

10,207 12

79 4

10,078 8

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,539

6 1

7,404 1

129

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