Connect with us

Coronavirus Outbreak

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 Oxygen

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.

Also Read: The Good That People Do: Indians Reach Out With Helping Hand As COVID Spirals

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.

Also Read: Coronavirus Crisis: Cricketers Urge Fans To Follow Guidelines On COVID-19 And Stay Safe Amid The Surging Cases

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.

Also Read: COVID-19 Emergency: Madhuri Dixit, Bhumi Pednekar And Gul Panag Urge People To Stay At Home & Mask Up

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

22,70,55,138Cases
18,97,86,461Active
3,25,98,424Recovered
46,70,253Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,70,55,138 and 46,70,253 have died; 18,97,86,461 are active cases and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 5:36 am.

India

3,33,81,728 34,403Cases
3,39,0563,867Active
3,25,98,424 37,950Recovered
4,44,248 320Deaths
In India, there are 3,33,81,728 confirmed cases including 4,44,248 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,39,056 and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,11,525 3,595

52,893 310

63,20,310 3,240

1,38,322 45

Kerala

44,46,228 22,182

1,86,754 4,559

42,36,309 26,563

23,165 178

Karnataka

29,65,191 1,108

16,202 282

29,11,434 808

37,555 18

Tamil Nadu

26,40,361 1,693

16,756 120

25,88,334 1,548

35,271 25

Andhra Pradesh

20,34,786 1,367

14,708 105

20,06,034 1,248

14,044 14

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,628 23

193 11

16,86,549 11

22,886 1

West Bengal

15,59,567 707

8,025 25

15,32,922 725

18,620 7

Delhi

14,38,373 28

409 5

14,12,880 22

25,084 1

Odisha

10,18,298 580

5,335 105

10,04,845 681

8,118 4

Chhattisgarh

10,04,988 31

352 2

9,91,077 29

13,559

Rajasthan

9,54,230 4

103 1

9,45,173 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,677 22

149 0

8,15,446 22

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,374 7

119 5

7,81,738 12

10,517

Haryana

7,70,697 9

327 8

7,60,562 17

9,808

Bihar

7,25,864 12

72 6

7,16,134 6

9,658

Telangana

6,62,785 259

5,282 43

6,53,603 301

3,900 1

Punjab

6,01,180 30

314 11

5,84,399 38

16,467 3

Assam

5,97,074 468

5,381 15

5,85,914 479

5,779 4

Jharkhand

3,48,102 6

102 8

3,42,867 14

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,330 20

284 12

3,35,657 32

7,389

Jammu And Kashmir

3,27,466 170

1,421 72

3,21,630 98

4,415

Himachal Pradesh

2,16,430 127

1,568 82

2,11,215 206

3,647 3

Goa

1,75,183 95

699 1

1,71,195 96

3,289

Puducherry

1,25,170 107

963 63

1,22,380 42

1,827 2

Manipur

1,17,913 216

2,614 7

1,13,478 219

1,821 4

Tripura

83,787 31

427 26

82,553 56

807 1

Meghalaya

78,958 229

1,804 140

75,784 86

1,370 3

Mizoram

76,591 1,121

13,888 85

62,449 1,202

254 4

Chandigarh

65,168 4

31 2

64,319 2

818

Arunachal Pradesh

53,990 47

536 9

53,183 56

271

Sikkim

30,802 64

775 28

29,648 36

379

Nagaland

30,763 32

505 14

29,610 44

648 2

Ladakh

20,631 6

41 1

20,383 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

5 0

10,661

4

Lakshadweep

10,353

4 0

10,298

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,595 3

15 2

7,451 1

129

Coronavirus Outbreak: Full CoverageTesting CentresFAQs

Leaving No One Behind

Mental Health

Environment

Join Us