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

19,89,21,889Cases
6,44,02,340Active
13,02,83,678Recovered
42,35,871Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,89,21,889 and 42,35,871 have died; 6,44,02,340 are active cases and 13,02,83,678 have recovered as on August 3, 2021 at 3:55 am.

India

3,17,26,507 30,549Cases
4,04,9588,760Active
3,08,96,354 38,887Recovered
4,25,195 422Deaths
In India, there are 3,17,26,507 confirmed cases including 4,25,195 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,04,958 and 3,08,96,354 have recovered as on August 3, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

63,15,063 4,869

78,700 3,650

61,03,325 8,429

1,33,038 90

Kerala

34,25,473 13,984

1,65,834 2,057

32,42,684 15,923

16,955 118

Karnataka

29,08,284 1,285

24,045 123

28,47,627 1,383

36,612 25

Tamil Nadu

25,63,544 1,957

20,385 139

25,09,029 2,068

34,130 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,70,008 1,546

20,582 437

19,36,016 1,968

13,410 15

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,500 24

646 18

16,85,091 42

22,763

West Bengal

15,29,295 575

10,803 171

15,00,331 734

18,161 12

Delhi

14,36,401 51

538 44

14,10,809 95

25,054

Chhattisgarh

10,02,458 236

1,918 1

9,87,012 234

13,528 3

Odisha

9,79,737 1,032

13,318 820

9,60,386 1,785

6,033 67

Rajasthan

9,53,704 16

241 9

9,44,509 25

8,954

Gujarat

8,24,922 22

251 3

8,14,595 25

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,862 17

132 7

7,81,217 10

10,513

Haryana

7,69,956 14

703 12

7,59,614 25

9,639 1

Bihar

7,24,917 37

401 34

7,14,872 71

9,644

Telangana

6,45,997 591

8,819 54

6,33,371 643

3,807 2

Punjab

5,99,162 32

473 31

5,82,395 63

16,294

Assam

5,68,257 1,275

12,429 213

5,50,534 1,469

5,294 19

Jharkhand

3,47,223 23

239 15

3,41,855 38

5,129

Uttarakhand

3,42,198 37

574 35

3,34,261 71

7,363 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,725 118

1,254 43

3,16,090 73

4,381 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,06,369 208

1,304 75

2,01,543 132

3,522 1

Goa

1,71,295 90

1,027 16

1,67,118 72

3,150 2

Puducherry

1,21,059 54

944 38

1,18,320 92

1,795

Manipur

99,872 541

9,814 591

88,480 1,120

1,578 12

Tripura

79,026 304

3,104 12

75,167 292

755

Meghalaya

65,939 350

5,843 200

58,987 537

1,109 13

Chandigarh

61,960 6

33 3

61,116 3

811

Arunachal Pradesh

48,565 305

3,508 167

44,823 469

234 3

Mizoram

40,111 748

12,316 127

27,642 618

153 3

Nagaland

28,004 59

1,300 44

26,130 99

574 4

Sikkim

26,880 126

3,323 131

23,211 256

346 1

Ladakh

20,345 5

57 0

20,081 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,650

15 9

10,631 9

4

Lakshadweep

10,207 12

79 4

10,078 8

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,539

6 1

7,404 1

129

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