SRINAGAR — The non-government organisations (NGOs) in Srinagar are yet again on the ground to silently help the people in need amid the spike in the COVID-19 cases and the reports about the shortage of oxygen facilities.
Athrout, Dar-ul-Ata and SRO are among the NGOs who have kept their men on toes to serve the people in the prevalent situation that has arisen after the spurt in the COVID-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir especially in Srinagar.
Amid reports about shortage of oxygen supply in valley hospitals, the NGOs have provided all of their oxygen concentrators to the people in need.
Not only in J&K but some of the NGOs have been providing the oxygen concentrators to the people in need living outside J&K as well.
Shabir Ahmad, Chairman of Dar-ul-Ata, said that his NGO has 115 oxygen concentrators and 15 BiPap MACHINES and all of them have been provided to people at present.
“We got a call from Delhi recently where people are being asked to pay Rs 18000 for an oxygen cylinder for ten days. We have sent five oxygen concentrators to the people in Delhi as well. Seven members of one of the families in Delhi have tested positive for COVID-19 and three have died as well, and they were finding it hard to get oxygen concentrators following which we sent the oxygen concentrators to the family,” he said.
He added that the demand of oxygen concentrators has gone up as in the first 15 days of April, they have provided 70 of them to the patients in need while ten patients are still waiting for the oxygen concentrators. “As the demand has gone up, we have sought more concentrators from the distributor as we have been getting calls from the patients almost every day in this regard,” he said.
Similarly, Chairman of Athrout, Bashir Nadwi, said that since the cases started resurging in J&K, they have provided 350 oxygen concentrators to the people. Besides, he said, they have also provided 40 Auto BiPap machines to the patients in need.
“We have also provided PPE kits, pulse oximeters, N95 and surgical masks to the people,” he said, adding that all these facilities are being provided to the people after getting proper prescriptions from them.
“As the cases spurt, all the available oxygen concentrators have been provided to the patients,” he said, adding that they are planning to come up with an oxygen bed to deal with the shortage of oxygen, saying that the oxygen beds at three to four places will be ready within one week.
However, no one from SRO could be contacted for the comments. (KNO)