Here Is How Gurugram Based NGO Hemkunt Foundation Fighting COVID-19 At The Forefront And Rescuing Patients In Need Of Oxygen

Here Is How Gurugram Based NGO Hemkunt Foundation Fighting COVID-19 At The Forefront And Rescuing Patients In Need Of Oxygen

Amidst the COVID-19 crisis facing the country, Hemkunt Foundation is providing oxygen cylinders for free to numerous critical patients across the National Capital Region
Here Is How Gurugram Based NGO Hemkunt Foundation Fighting COVID-19 At The Forefront And Rescuing Patients In Need Of OxygenHemkunt Foundation, a Gurugram based NGO is distributing oxygen cylinders to COVID-19 patients through its network of volunteers
Highlights
  • Many hospitals in the country are facing acute oxygen shortage
  • We cannot waste a single minute: Harteerath Singh
  • Hemkunt Foundation has been organising oxygen drives since April 20

New Delhi: “Who knew that oxygen, already available in the air and horribly taken for granted by humans, would become such a scarce and priced commodity? This pandemic has left us all gasping. My 63-year-old mother could not survive the wrath of COVID-19 as her oxygen level was fluctuating and we could not find enough support from the hospital,” said a 37-year-old resident of Delhi while talking to NDTV about the oxygen emergency facing various parts of the country amid a massive spike in cases. As the country continues to battle another wave of the pandemic, a Gurugram based NGO Hemkunt Foundation has come forward to help desperate families hit by the pandemic and rescue critical patients by distributing oxygen cylinders through its network of volunteers.

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Speaking to NDTV, Harteerath Singh, Community Development Director at Hemkunt Foundation, said,

We have been working as an NGO for the last 10 years globally, but this is the worst we have ever seen. There is an oxygen crisis. We see long queues outside our office even after we have run out of cylinders. We procure the cylinders from different states because it is difficult to get those in Delhi. We prioritise – we check the oxygen levels of the patient, verify it through documents or video calls. Right now we are prioritizing patients who have oxygen level below 85.

Founded in 2010, Hemkunt Foundation’s motto is based upon a popular Sikh principle of ‘Sarbat Da Bhalla’ which means welfare for all. The foundation has been working towards providing livelihoods, disaster relief, access to basic human rights and education to those in need.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country, the NGO helped in providing relief and rehabilitation to the migrant families that were returning to their home because of the loss of livelihood due to the lockdown. Now, recognising the need of the hour, the organisation started arranging oxygen for critically sick COVID patients in February. As the cases started surging, the NGO started receiving thousands of calls every day. Since April 20, the foundation has been conducting drives to help more patients. Their work is being supported by crowdfunding and donations.

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Currently, the NGO is running two separate drives for providing oxygen cylinders- drive-through and home delivery. The drive-through project runs from a makeshift arrangement where the volunteers check the COVID report and oxygen status of patients. For home delivery, they ask photos of the patient, their COVID test report, recent oxygen level.

A resident of Sector 50, Gurugram who procured an oxygen cylinder for her mother said,

I have come to the drive organized by Hemkunt Foundation to take an oxygen cylinder for my mother. She has been suffering for the last two days due to the lack of oxygen. It is a scary situation for all of us.

A resident of Delhi who could not find oxygen supply in the capital reached out to the NGO for help. She said,

I have come here from Delhi. My father is COVID positive. He is an elderly person and there is fluctuation in his oxygen level. So that’s why procuring an oxygen cylinder is really urgent for me. We have come here all the way from Delhi, even though there is a curfew in place, in a hope that we will get some help here.

To avoid any stocking of cylinders, the NGO provides only one cylinder per patient. Those who can afford to pay, deposit token money of Rs. 10,000 which is refundable upon returning the cylinder and those who cannot are given the cylinders for free.

The NGO has also started oxygen collection centres at Versova and Airoli in Mumbai where they take help from Gurudwaras situated in the city to distribute these tanks.

We cannot waste a single minute. You can play the blame game if you want to but we need to get on the ground and work. We can’t waste even a single minute now. It’s now or never, said Mr. Singh on the current shortage and the war over oxygen among states.

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World

19,78,31,904Cases
6,39,24,968Active
12,96,89,916Recovered
42,17,020Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,78,31,904 and 42,17,020 have died; 6,39,24,968 are active cases and 12,96,89,916 have recovered as on August 1, 2021 at 3:55 am.

India

3,16,55,824 41,831Cases
4,10,952 2,032Active
3,08,20,521 39,258Recovered
4,24,351 541Deaths
In India, there are 3,16,55,824 confirmed cases including 4,24,351 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,10,952 and 3,08,20,521 have recovered as on August 1, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

63,03,715 6,959

80,138 733

60,90,786 7,467

1,32,791 225

Kerala

33,90,761 20,624

1,65,011 3,679

32,08,969 16,865

16,781 80

Karnataka

29,05,124 1,987

23,820 318

28,44,742 1,632

36,562 37

Tamil Nadu

25,59,597 1,986

20,716 218

25,04,805 2,178

34,076 26

Andhra Pradesh

19,66,175 2,058

21,180 18

19,31,618 2,053

13,377 23

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,441 31

712 17

16,84,973 48

22,756

West Bengal

15,28,019 769

11,113 58

14,98,770 819

18,136 8

Delhi

14,36,265 58

581 1

14,10,631 56

25,053 1

Chhattisgarh

10,02,008 102

1,863 102

9,86,621 203

13,524 1

Odisha

9,77,268 1,578

14,538 389

9,56,828 1,899

5,902 68

Rajasthan

9,53,667 17

248 6

9,44,465 22

8,954 1

Gujarat

8,24,877 27

252 8

8,14,549 35

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,828 22

122 1

7,81,193 21

10,513

Haryana

7,69,913 29

712 0

7,59,566 27

9,635 2

Bihar

7,24,835 44

457 1

7,14,735 45

9,643

Telangana

6,44,951 621

9,069 72

6,32,080 691

3,802 2

Punjab

5,99,104 51

534 10

5,82,277 60

16,293 1

Assam

5,66,198 989

13,322 510

5,47,616 1,480

5,260 19

Jharkhand

3,47,173 36

252 8

3,41,793 44

5,128

Uttarakhand

3,42,139 116

632 13

3,34,145 129

7,362

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,462 118

1,176 5

3,15,908 113

4,378

Himachal Pradesh

2,06,027 153

1,217 80

2,01,289 72

3,521 1

Goa

1,71,146 94

1,058 35

1,66,941 128

3,147 1

Puducherry

1,20,915 100

962 17

1,18,158 115

1,795 2

Manipur

98,499 801

10,540 195

86,403 981

1,556 15

Tripura

78,583 222

3,482 2

74,346 224

755

Meghalaya

65,000 686

5,966 175

57,949 499

1,085 12

Chandigarh

61,953 1

31 5

61,111 5

811 1

Arunachal Pradesh

48,122 266

3,954 188

43,939 451

229 3

Mizoram

38,925 861

12,388 213

26,387 643

150 5

Nagaland

27,872 159

1,329 55

25,977 99

566 5

Sikkim

26,548 237

3,400 98

22,804 137

344 2

Ladakh

20,338 10

56 6

20,075 4

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,650 6

29 1

10,617 7

4

Lakshadweep

10,189 11

84 7

10,055 4

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,537 2

8 0

7,400 2

129

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