Gurdwaras in and around New Delhi have organized “oxygen langar” to provide free oxygen to patients who need it.
The acute shortage of medical oxygen has worsened India’s fierce second wave of coronavirus, with hospitals forced to return patients while families shoot to organize oxygen cylinders for their loved ones to be treated at home.
Indian social media is full of accounts of people dying from lack of oxygen, which is sold at huge prices in black markets where a cylinder is sold for up to 30 times its actual cost.
In this scenario, at least two gurdwaras or Sikh temples in and around the capital of New Delhi, have arranged an “oxygen langar” to provide free oxygen to COVID-19 patients who need it.
Oxygen therapy is crucial for patients with severe coronavirus with hypoxaemia when oxygen levels in the blood are too low.
A gurdwara in the Greater Kailash district of India’s capital offers a free refill of oxygen cylinders, Indian media reported.
Another gurdwara in Ghaziabad, on the outskirts of New Delhi, has set up a facility inside facilities where about 80 people can take oxygen at a time.
Gurdwaras have also created helplines for people in need of oxygen and other medical emergencies.
Sikh temples in the city and other parts of India have also made arrangements for free home delivery of food for people infected with COVID-19.
🚨 Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Lajpat Nagar 1, Delhi, will start filling the oxygen cylinders at 23:30 tonight. Share it with those who need recharging.
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– Major DP Singh (@MajDPSingh) April 29, 2021
India released another on Friday records a daily increase in coronavirus cases, with 386,452 new infections, while deaths from COVID-19 increased by 3,498 in the last 24 hours, according to data from the health ministry.
However, medical experts believe that the actual COVID-19 figures in the world’s second most populous nation could be five to ten times higher than the official count.
India’s severe medical oxygen supply crisis is expected to ease in mid-May, a senior industry executive told Reuters, with a 25% increase in production and a transportation infrastructure ready to cope with rising demand.
One worker was killed and at least two were injured after an oxygen tank exploded during recharging at the Panki oxygen recharging plant in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, northern India. local police told Reuters.
The incident comes a week after the deaths of at least 22 patients at a public hospital in eastern India, west of Maharashtra, when the oxygen supply was depleted after a leak in the tank.
Meanwhile, global aid has begun to arrive in India as it struggles to combat what has been described as a humanitarian disaster.
The first American flight carrying oxygen cylinders, regulators, rapid diagnostic kits, N95 masks and dust oximeters arrived in the Indian capital on Friday.
The United Kingdom, Germany and Russia have also sent urgent medical supplies.