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by Nandika Ravi

Support is pouring in from various parts of the world in an attempt to help India get through a disastrous second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. With hospitals having only a couple of hours of oxygen supply left, and patients literally gasping for breath, health care workers are reaching a breaking point.

 

Mission Oxygen was started on April 23 with the aim to speed up supplies of oxygen concentrators into India and distribute them free of cost to hospitals. With the help of 250 entrepreneurs in Gurgaon (India) and a few workers in China, Mission Oxygen managed to procure 3900 concentrators from China, which are being  shipped out and will reach hospitals starting May 6.

Oxygen Concentrators being shipped to India| Photo from Oxygen Mission’s website

Mission Oxygen has also created a Google form to help hospitals, nursing homes and medical care facilities to directly voice concerns on the shortage of supplies. The mission has raised over $4,347,839 ,and several celebrities from India have also helped raise awareness and donated to the cause.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has repeatedly said that the city is not getting enough oxygen from the federal government, which allocates oxygen quotas to states. On Tuesday , there came word  that the medical oxygen situation in the national capital has improved, as SOS messages from hospitals have reduced in the past three days.

Kejriwal also announced the procurement of oxygen tankers and plants from Thailand and France, and 44 oxygen plants will be installed across Delhi.