COVID Warriors: Free Auto Ambulance Service For COVID-19 Patients Launched In Delhi

COVID Warriors: Free Auto Ambulance Service For COVID-19 Patients Launched In Delhi

Auto ambulance service in Delhi has been initiated by TYCIA Foundation and Sanjay Singh, Leader of Aam Aadmi Party to support non-critical COVID patients
COVID Warriors Free Auto Ambulance Service For COVID-19 Patients Launched In DelhiTo ensure the safety of auto drivers, they are provided PPE (personal protective equipment) and sanitiser
Highlights
  • Auto ambulance service is available for moderately ill COVID patients
  • 011-41236614 is the helpline number for auto ambulance in Delhi
  • Some of the autos are equipped with oxygen cylinders

New Delhi: Amid reports of shortage of ambulances in Delhi and a hefty amount being charged by ambulance service providers, a free auto ambulance service has been launched in the national capital. With auto drivers clad in PPE (personal protective equipment) and ambulances equipped with oxygen cylinders, auto ambulances in Delhi are ferrying moderately ill COVID-19 patients to hospital and home for free. The service launched earlier this week is an initiative of TYCIA Foundation and Sanjay Singh, Leader of the Aam Aadmi Party.

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The service is available only for moderately ill COVID patients who need immediate medical assistance and are unable to find or afford ambulance service in Delhi. An individual can reach out at the helpline number – 011-41236614 working round the clock and request for an auto ambulance. While speaking to NDTV, Sanjay Singh, Leader, Aam Aadmi Party, said,

People with oxygen saturation level between 85 and 90 require external oxygen and need to be moved to a hospital immediately for further treatment. Various COVID care centers in Delhi like Radha Soami Beas campus take in mild symptomatic or non-critical COVID-19 patients or those with oxygen saturation levels above 85. For such patients, the auto ambulance will come in handy.

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To begin with, a fleet of 10 fully sanitised auto ambulances was launched on May 4 and on the first day, 132 patients were ferried. On May 7, 20 more autos and 10 basic life support ambulances were added to the existing fleet. Soon, Uber will also join the initiative and people will be able to book auto ambulance through the Uber app as well, informed Sarvesh Mishra from the office of Sanjay Singh. What’s important to note is that not all autos are equipped with oxygen cylinders and the kit.

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Elaborating on the idea behind the initiative, Mr Mishra said,

There are multiple reasons – sometimes ambulances find it difficult to enter small lanes; some are charging steep rates; then not everyone has their own vehicle to take a family member to a hospital and there is a fear of COVID-19 too. If we look at it from the perspective of auto drivers, most of them are out of work but these people know routes like the back of their hands. So, we decided to bring everything together and help both auto drivers and patients.

To ensure the safety of auto drivers, they have been provided PPE and sanitiser. A protective shield has also been put between the driver and the passenger seat to minimise the risk of the transmission, informed Mr Mishra.

Autos are always parked around hospitals so we have asked them to ferry any healthcare worker or patient looking for a transport and not finding one. Some auto drivers are paid on a daily basis and others on weekly, depeding on the tie-up. The cost of the initiative is being borne by TYCIA foundation and our office. Together, we plan to continue the facility for a month and later extend depending on the COVID situation, said Mr Mishra.

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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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