The second wave of covid-19 made us understand the need for medical oxygen and its importance in the future of the pandemic. The Oxygen Bank was set up to help people getting discharged with post covid issues. Today it also helps people who need oxygen at home and are suffering from various lung ailments.
The second wave of the covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc in the city of Vizag; for two months, the health system was overburdened, and many people lost their lives due to the unavailability of Medical Oxygen when required. In addition, people waited long hours for getting their oxygen cylinders refilled.
Mr Satish came up with the idea of an Oxygen bank in Vizag with an inventory of 500 Oxygen Concentrators and more than 800 Oxygen Cylinders of different capacities. He shared the idea to the key members, and all agreed.
As a result, Mr Jagadish was handed over the responsibility of the team lead for the project and had to oversee its operations. The establishment of the Oxygen Bank was only made possible due to the donors, and with their help, we are determined to reach our goal. Today we have an inventory of 91 concentrators and have fulfilled more than 70 requests for oxygen help.
We receive the requests through our helpline, and after due process and verification, the oxygen concentrator or cylinder is provided to the patients. We soon plan to implement technology and complete the process of requests and fulfilment via our website.
Our donors play the major role in setting up the oxygen bank.
The volunteers' team working on the oxygen bank is dedicated and works on receiving calls via our helpline and issuing the concentrators/cylinders. The request is then noted and then verified. Once a request has been approved, the team is instructed to follow up with the patient to issue the concentrator/cylinder. The patient is followed up weekly and are advised about few breathing exercises and six-minute walk tests. The concentrator is received back once the need is fulfilled and it is completely sanitized before being made available for another request. The service is being offered for free, and the patient is only asked for a security fee of ₹10,000.
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