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Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee Starts Free Ambulance Service For COVID-19 Patients

Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has started a free ambulance service for COVID-19 patients in Delhi

Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee Starts Free Ambulance Service For COVID-19 Patients
Highlights
  • Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee launches COVID19 ambulance service
  • Free ambulance service can be availed by calling the central control number
  • In the first phase, 12 ambulances have been flagged off in Delhi

New Delhi: The Coronavirus pandemic has seen many people from different walks of life come forward to help those in distress during these very difficult times. These heroes have shown courage, empathy and set an example through their selfless acts of feeding the hungry, providing dry ration and hygiene kits to even taking on the job of cremating the abandoned dead bodies as per COVID-19 guidelines. One such group is the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC). The organisation through its network of Gurdwaras in the capital feed crores during the lockdown through its langar sewa. Now the committee scaled up its efforts to help COVID-19 patients by providing them with a free ambulance service.

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On July 14, on the occasion of Guru Harkishan Sahib Ji’s Prakash Purab (birthday celebrations), DSGMC flagged of 12 ambulances to facilitate transport of COVID-19 patients to the nearest hospital. Talking to NDTV about the idea behind introducing this service, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, President, DSGMC said,

We, the 46 elected members of DSGMC were getting calls from locals telling us that ambulances are not available and asking for help. We all know that the timely availability of ambulance is crucial to saving lives. It’s then that we decided to address the problem and hired 12 ambulances dedicated to the national capital.

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DSGMC’s ambulances are stationed across Delhi and the service can be availed by either contacting any of the Gurdwaras in Delhi or elected members of DSGMC or call the central control room which has been set-up at the office of DSGMC (9891403828/9953086923).

All the hospitals in Delhi have our numbers so they can call the central control room anytime. Our ambulances are operational 24×7 and well equipped with essentials like oxygen cylinder, stretcher, gloves, masks, personal protective equipment (PPE), pulse oximeter, wheelchair, and nebulizer, among others. To ensure safety, drivers and ward boys will wear PPEs. Yesterday, we got a call late night (1 am) and we ensured the help reached well on time. In the last two days, DSGMC has received around 15 calls, informed Mr Sirsa.

Mr Sirsa also informed that in the first phase, 12 ambulances have been rolled out but if need be, DSGMC is ready to scale up the service to even 100 ambulances.

DSGMC has been at the forefront of helping people to tide over the crisis. Earlier in June, DSGMC had started ‘Langar on Wheels’, taking their langar sewa or community kitchen beyond the walls of the Gurdwara.

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On June 1, 14 vehicles were flagged off to distribute Langar to the needy and helpless in different parts of Delhi with an aim to ensure that no one sleeps on an empty stomach. As part of this, trucks with food from Gurdwaras in Delhi go to different locations and provide meals to thousands of people for free. The food truck parks itself at a particular location and people queue up to get a meal.

Giving out the reason behind initiating ‘Langar on Wheels’, in a video message, Mr Sirsa clarified that when the relaxations to the lockdown were announced we got numerous calls from people stating that they are not getting food as many government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have discontinued their relief efforts. Since we believe that no one should stay hungry, the DSGMC has initiated ‘Langar on Wheels’.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

24,20,23,922Cases
20,36,06,535Active
3,34,95,808Recovered
49,21,579Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,20,23,922 and 49,21,579 have died; 20,36,06,535 are active cases and 3,34,95,808 have recovered as on October 21, 2021 at 4:33 am.

India

3,41,27,450 18,454Cases
1,78,831 733Active
3,34,95,808 17,561Recovered
4,52,811 160Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,27,450 confirmed cases including 4,52,811 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,78,831 and 3,34,95,808 have recovered as on October 21, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,96,645 1,825

29,333 1,075

64,27,426 2,879

1,39,886 21

Kerala

48,79,790 11,150

83,333 2,476

47,69,373 8,592

27,084 82

Karnataka

29,84,484 462

9,103 26

29,37,405 479

37,976 9

Tamil Nadu

26,90,633 1,170

14,058 268

26,40,627 1,418

35,948 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,61,810 523

5,566 88

20,41,924 608

14,320 3

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,058 11

112 6

16,87,048 17

22,898

West Bengal

15,82,813 867

7,491 63

15,56,315 795

19,007 9

Delhi

14,39,466 25

310 12

14,14,066 37

25,090

Odisha

10,36,532 559

4,387 106

10,23,849 451

8,296 2

Chhattisgarh

10,05,735 34

185 3

9,91,979 36

13,571 1

Rajasthan

9,54,393 1

38 0

9,45,401 1

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,340 14

176 9

8,16,077 22

10,087 1

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,709 9

82 3

7,82,104 6

10,523

Haryana

7,71,116 15

133 7

7,60,934 8

10,049

Bihar

7,26,036 3

30 12

7,16,345 15

9,661

Telangana

6,69,556 191

3,968 28

6,61,646 162

3,942 1

Assam

6,07,427 308

3,610 25

5,97,859 282

5,958 1

Punjab

6,02,113 32

232 16

5,85,331 15

16,550 1

Jharkhand

3,48,486 25

142 14

3,43,209 11

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,773 8

176 1

3,36,199 6

7,398 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,299 78

800 3

3,26,070 80

4,429 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,936 110

1,394 46

2,16,815 64

3,727

Goa

1,77,706 47

597 23

1,73,755 70

3,354

Puducherry

1,27,521 42

461 29

1,25,208 71

1,852

Manipur

1,22,970 71

1,360 2

1,19,706 66

1,904 3

Mizoram

1,15,207 741

10,263 505

1,04,548 1,243

396 3

Tripura

84,351 2

95 7

83,440 9

816

Meghalaya

83,158 79

761 21

80,958 58

1,439

Chandigarh

65,312 2

24 1

64,468 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,043 12

138 7

54,625 19

280

Sikkim

31,800 17

175 6

31,232 22

393 1

Nagaland

31,659 18

255 8

30,728 10

676

Ladakh

20,886 3

34 0

20,644 3

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,676

2 2

10,670 2

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,646

7 1

7,510 1

129

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