COVID Warrior: Andhra Sarpanch Purchases Ambulance Costing Rs. 4 Lakh From His Own Pocket To Aid Villagers

COVID Warrior: Andhra Sarpanch Purchases Ambulance Costing Rs. 4 Lakh From His Own Pocket To Aid Villagers

Coronavirus warrior: Sarpanch Gandikota Sitaiah said that he was concerned with the plight of people who faced difficulties when they had to hail ambulances to ferry patients to hospitals
COVID Warrior: Andhra Sarpanch Purchases Ambulance Costing Rs. 4 Lakh From His Own Pocket To Aid VillagersIn Andhra Pradesh, the ambulance will help villagers of Ambapuram and nearby areas (Representational Image)
Highlights
  • The village head purchased ambulance to help COVID-19 patients
  • The free service will solve the issue of ambulances charging a high price
  • Villagers of Ambapuram lauded the efforts of the sarpanch

Vijayawada: The sarpach of Ambapuram in rural Andhra Pradesh, in a noble gesture, purchased an ambulance worth Rs 4 lakh with his own money to help people in his village and surrounding areas during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The Sarpanch Gandikota Sitaiah said that he was concerned with the plight of people who faced difficulties when they had to hail ambulances to ferry patients to hospitals. There was also the high costs to hiring an ambulance with people having to pay rates as high as Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 for the service. Mr Sitaiah, who recently got elected as a Sarpanch said that the ambulance he purchased for the village will providing free service to those who cannot afford to avail its services.

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During the second wave we noticed the problems due to lack of ambulances. Whenever any villager called to request for an ambulance by calling 108 number they found that the ambulance would often arrive late or sometimes not turn up. Also the services of an ambulance range from Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000, even for a kilometre or two, the sarpanch said.

Mr Sitaiah further said that during times of emergenices he had even hired an auto rickshaw of used his personal car to ferry people to hospital.

However, we were unable to provide them with oxygen in the car or auto-rickshaw, he said. On giving the situation further thought, I decided to buy an ambulance as it was a prevailing problem. It cost me Rs 4 lakh, Gandikota Sitaiah said.

According to him, the number of Covid-19 cases in his village range from 70-100. The sarpanch says he has been serving people for a long time.

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During lockdown in the first wave of Covid-19, my team and I went door to door in the Ambapuram village to enquire about people’s needs. They were unable to procure ration. So we distributed 25 kg rice bags, vegetables, and essential commodities.

At times when whole families were tested positive for the virus, and no one could prepare meals, we helped, he said.

We serve food to families from the day they are contract the virus till the time their reports are negative. We prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner for those 70-100 persons per day at our office, said Mr Sitaiah.

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Meanwhile, villagers of Ambapuram lauded the efforts of the sarpanch. Many youngsters of the village have voluntarily taken part in the welfare service activities of Sitaiah. A resident of Ambapuram, Mohammad Farooq said,

Sitaiah is a great man. He has been of immense help for a long time. As many as 1200 houses were provided with 25 kg of rice along with other rations. Now he is serving us with ambulance service. He also provides the villagers with medicine kits.

Speaking highly of Sarpanch Sitaiah, another Ambapuram villager, Vasant Kumar, narrated the list of services that the former has provided selflessly so far.

I am really happy for the presence of a man like Sitaiah. He not only helps the people of Ambapuram but also nearby villages. Now people also know that only he can be of some help in such distress times, said Mr Kumar.

The official data released by the Union Health Ministry stated that Andhra Pradesh has 1,53,795 active Covid-19 cases.

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World

17,91,56,496Cases
5,81,68,051Active
11,71,06,212Recovered
38,82,233Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,91,56,496 and 38,82,233 have died; 5,81,68,051 are active cases and 11,71,06,212 have recovered as on June 23, 2021 at 3:45 am.

India

3,00,28,709 50,848Cases
6,43,19419,327Active
2,89,94,855 68,817Recovered
3,90,660 1,358Deaths
In India, there are 3,00,28,709 confirmed cases including 3,90,660 deaths. The number of active cases is 6,43,194 and 2,89,94,855 have recovered as on June 23, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,87,521 8,470

1,26,468 1,055

57,42,258 9,043

1,18,795 482

Kerala

28,29,460 12,617

1,00,881 746

27,16,284 11,730

12,295 141

Karnataka

28,15,029 3,709

1,18,615 4,541

26,62,250 8,111

34,164 139

Tamil Nadu

24,36,819 6,895

56,886 4,443

23,48,353 11,144

31,580 194

Andhra Pradesh

18,57,352 4,169

53,880 4,260

17,91,056 8,376

12,416 53

Uttar Pradesh

17,04,678 202

3,910 253

16,78,486 397

22,282 58

West Bengal

14,85,438 1,852

22,508 232

14,45,493 2,037

17,437 47

Delhi

14,32,778 397

1,918 78

14,05,927 467

24,933 8

Chhattisgarh

9,91,653 482

8,007 557

9,70,244 1,032

13,402 7

Rajasthan

9,51,393 137

2,388 303

9,40,101 437

8,904 3

Odisha

8,83,490 2,957

30,859 1,240

8,48,960 4,159

3,671 38

Gujarat

8,22,620 135

5,159 480

8,07,424 612

10,037 3

Madhya Pradesh

7,89,415 65

1,707 273

7,78,902 318

8,806 20

Haryana

7,67,726 146

2,200 137

7,56,231 263

9,295 20

Bihar

7,20,207 268

2,811 206

7,07,833 468

9,563 6

Telangana

6,15,574 1,175

16,640 606

5,95,348 1,771

3,586 10

Punjab

5,93,063 405

5,968 509

5,71,207 880

15,888 34

Assam

4,88,179 2,869

32,975 350

4,50,924 2,482

4,280 37

Jharkhand

3,44,775 110

1,417 72

3,38,256 180

5,102 2

Uttarakhand

3,38,978 171

2,896 68

3,29,030 231

7,052 8

Jammu And Kashmir

3,12,584 428

7,181 578

3,01,134 999

4,269 7

Himachal Pradesh

2,00,791 188

2,276 132

1,95,062 315

3,453 5

Goa

1,64,957 303

2,920 146

1,59,029 438

3,008 11

Puducherry

1,15,364 284

3,214 150

1,10,423 433

1,727 1

Manipur

64,993 575

9,214 84

54,714 649

1,065 10

Tripura

63,140 395

3,747 163

58,735 554

658 4

Chandigarh

61,467 23

278 33

60,383 56

806

Meghalaya

45,976 421

4,273 77

40,915 341

788 3

Arunachal Pradesh

33,664 289

2,548 9

30,956 279

160 1

Nagaland

24,438 64

1,757 87

22,204 149

477 2

Ladakh

19,871 33

360 5

19,309 38

202

Sikkim

19,458 137

2,430 18

16,732 152

296 3

Mizoram

18,409 430

4,424 197

13,900 233

85

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,520 4

61 1

10,455 3

4

Lakshadweep

9,504 33

315 4

9,142 36

47 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,425 10

103 6

7,195 4

127

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