In Srinagar, A Floating Ambulance Ferries COVID-19 Patients Across The Dal Lake To The Hospital

In Srinagar, A Floating Ambulance Ferries COVID-19 Patients Across The Dal Lake To The Hospital

Srinagar’s Tariq Ahmad Patloo contracted COVID-19 in August 2020 but was unable to get medical attention, Now, the boat owner has built a floating ambulance or shikara ambulance to help COVID-19 patients in the community reach hospitals
Mr Patloo converted boat into a ‘floating ambulance’ to help COVID-19 patients in the community reach hospitals on timeMr Patloo converted boat into a ‘floating ambulance’ to help COVID-19 patients in the community reach hospitals on time
Highlights
  • Mr Patloo was the first person in Srinagar to test positive for COVID-19
  • Mr Patloo has helped over 15 people reach hospital via his boat
  • Mr Patloo also provides masks, oxygen cylinders and sanitisers for free

New Delhi: A resident of Dal Lake region in Kashmir’s Srinagar, Tariq Ahmad Patloo was the first person in Srinagar to contract COVID-19, back in August 2020. Unfortunately, he was unable to get the medical attention he needed due to the initial stigma attached with the infectious disease. Mr Patloo’s neighbours, friends and even family refused to take him to the hospital in the city, due to the fear of catching the infection.

The hospital in the area is only accessible by boat and Mr Patloo, despite being a boat owner himself, could not reach their due to his health condition.

The 50-year-old eventually recovered from COVID-19 but instead of holding a grudge, he decided to do something for his community to cope with the pandemic as well as the stigma.

I was the first person in the Dal lake region who got COVID. I faced a social boycott from people around me. Even my own family and friends did not come to support me. That is when I thought I will have to do something for this community.

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Mr Patloo decided to convert his Shikara or boat into a ‘floating ambulance’ to help COVID-19 patients in the community reach hospitals on time.

I spoke to Satya Rekha Trust, based in New Delhi. They told me to go ahead and that I had their support. That is when I started on my plan to modify this Shikara. I have designed it, and I am using it to provide people a service. I have transported a few dead bodies also, along with the COVID patients.

Mr Patloo is also using the shikara ambulance to spread the message about COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and urging people to get vaccinated.

His boat is equipped with a loudspeaker, which Mr Patloo uses to make announcements about taking basic precautions like wearing masks and practicing social distance.

Furthermore, amid the second wave of COVID-19, he is also providing masks, oxygen cylinders and sanitisers free of COST, to the people of his community.

So far, Mr Patloo has helped over 15 people in the Dal Lake region reach hospitals via his unique floating ambulance.

During the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address on June 27, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appreciated his efforts for running a floating ambulance service in Srinagar’s Dal Lake amid COVID-19. He said,

There are many people in our country who have come forward and worked to help the doctors. I came to know about one such attempt from Srinagar. Here a Boat Ambulance Service was started at Dal Lake. This service was started by Tariq Ahmad Patloo of Srinagar, who is a Houseboat Owner. He himself has also fought the battle with COVID-19 and this inspired him to start the Ambulance Service. A campaign is also underway to make people aware of this ambulance, and continuous announcements from the ambulance are being made by him. The effort is that people should wear a mask and undertake other necessary precautions too.

Expressing happiness, Mr Patloo said his community was ignored for a long time and hoped that this praise will help them. “I am glad of his (PM Modi) appreciation. I will be happier if this would cause benefit to my community which has been ignored by everyone for a long. I do not work for appreciation. If the PM wants to help us, then he should help our community,” he said to ANI. Mr Patloor further added,

I feel proud of my work. This industry is suffering and I hope PM Modi’s praise will help my community.

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World

19,66,15,634Cases
6,33,31,644Active
12,90,85,240Recovered
41,98,750Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,66,15,634 and 41,98,750 have died; 6,33,31,644 are active cases and 12,90,85,240 have recovered as on July 30, 2021 at 4:07 am.

India

3,15,72,344 44,230Cases
4,05,155 1,315Active
3,07,43,972 42,360Recovered
4,23,217 555Deaths
In India, there are 3,15,72,344 confirmed cases including 4,23,217 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,05,155 and 3,07,43,972 have recovered as on July 30, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

62,90,156 7,242

81,933 3,980

60,75,888 11,032

1,32,335 190

Kerala

33,49,365 22,064

1,55,327 5,287

31,77,453 16,649

16,585 128

Karnataka

29,01,247 2,052

23,277 685

28,41,479 1,332

36,491 35

Tamil Nadu

25,55,664 1,859

21,207 314

25,00,434 2,145

34,023 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,62,049 2,107

21,279 280

19,27,438 1,807

13,332 20

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,373 60

784 16

16,84,834 44

22,755

West Bengal

15,26,539 766

11,300 70

14,97,116 822

18,123 14

Delhi

14,36,144 51

554 19

14,10,541 70

25,049

Chhattisgarh

10,01,781 130

2,086 140

9,86,175 270

13,520

Odisha

9,74,132 1,615

15,276 489

9,53,088 2,039

5,768 65

Rajasthan

9,53,622 17

259 9

9,44,410 26

8,953

Gujarat

8,24,829 27

268 6

8,14,485 33

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,796 18

130 0

7,81,153 18

10,513

Haryana

7,69,858 30

712 10

7,59,516 17

9,630 3

Bihar

7,24,719 46

481 1

7,14,596 42

9,642 3

Telangana

6,43,716 623

9,188 126

6,30,732 746

3,796 3

Punjab

5,99,005 58

553 6

5,82,162 60

16,290 4

Assam

5,64,030 1,299

14,114 385

5,44,695 1,664

5,221 20

Jharkhand

3,47,105 56

259 22

3,41,720 34

5,126

Uttarakhand

3,41,982 48

669 3

3,33,952 51

7,361

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,207 181

1,144 5

3,15,686 175

4,377 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,05,728 229

1,098 145

2,01,110 84

3,520

Goa

1,70,900 90

1,077 5

1,66,679 93

3,144 2

Puducherry

1,20,725 98

972 49

1,17,961 49

1,792

Manipur

96,824 1,000

10,895 27

84,408 1,016

1,521 11

Tripura

78,059 271

3,640 221

73,665 488

754 4

Meghalaya

63,745 731

5,750 294

56,933 423

1,062 14

Chandigarh

61,948 5

37 1

61,102 4

809

Arunachal Pradesh

47,477 335

4,252 49

43,000 383

225 1

Mizoram

37,171 764

11,862 252

25,168 511

141 1

Nagaland

27,653 67

1,299 51

25,798 114

556 4

Sikkim

26,132 276

3,297 180

22,498 92

337 4

Ladakh

20,324 4

60 4

20,057 8

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,643 1

36 5

10,603 6

4

Lakshadweep

10,162 7

70 6

10,042 13

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,534 3

10 3

7,395

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