The COVID-19 pandemic forced us into a lockdown in 2020. Just as we were coming out of a challenging year, an unprecedented second wave has yet again wreaked havoc across the nation.
While India is reeling from the effects of an ongoing pandemic, it’s time for us to join hands and fight this together, help our overwhelmed healthcare system, and ensure we don’t lose any more lives.
COVID affects the lungs causing upper and lower respiratory infections, possibly leading to inflammation and pneumonia. Timely support of oxygen to critical patients whose oxygen levels are dropping can save their lives. Unfortunately, most of the ICUs, HDU, and Ventilator beds are full, making it difficult for patients to get admitted to hospitals and resulting in them hopping from one hospital to another in desperate bids to save their own lives.
Ambulances connected to the BBMP Control Room will help save the lives of people struggling to find beds in hospitals. They would also act as additional resources to ferry patients to hospitals. Equipped with 1 paramedic staff, medical oxygen, and a driver, these ambulances are currently operating in Bangalore and will soon be operational in Mumbai.
Your support can help mobilize more ambulances across multiple cities.
During these critical times, access to Oxygen supply has been the most challenging for patients testing COVID positive. Oxygen support is crucial to maintaining SPO2 levels in the body. COVID affects the lungs and thereby causes respiratory distress – the dwindling SPO2 levels can further exacerbate this problem leading to lives lost.
Oxygen-on-Wheels have been deployed on the streets of Bengaluru, dedicated to providing immediate Oxygen supply to patients who aren’t able to get to hospitals in time. Launched in partnership with the Zonal Officer, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, these vans are equipped with Oxygen Concentrators to ensure continuous Oxygen supply to patients. Citizens can call 080-47181616 to avail this service.
95% of the patients recover by treating mild symptoms like headache, diarrhea, cold, dry cough, or moderate chest congestion. Procuring medicines is crucial to be able to treat these symptoms while isolating them at home. However, there are a number of individuals who are struggling to treat their symptoms as they can’t afford medicines. As a result, we’re losing precious lives that could be easily saved.
Individuals from low-income communities could be provided with COVID Cure Kits that contain all the essentials required to treat their symptoms. We aim to reach at least 1000 patients who are currently in home isolation through these kits.
Your Support can help disseminate more cure-kits to people who can treat their symptoms at home.
The already overwhelmed medical infrastructure of the country has been exposed to further challenges with hospitals running out of beds to treat critical patients. Due to this, patients who need to receive immediate care and oxygen/ventilator support are unable to get life-saving treatment on time.
Temporary structures attached to existing Government-run Public Health Centres can be used as spaces to treat critical patients with each center accommodating 20-50 beds each equipped with an oxygen supply.
We’ve set up 40 beds in our first Step Down Center. Your support can help us increase the number of beds across Bengaluru to 250.
Ration Kit Distribution amidst Lockdown
While Lockdowns are sought after as the last resort to curb the spread of a growing, aggressive virus, they have severe socio-economic repercussions on those at the bottom of the economic pyramid. With access to ration, medicines, and daily essentials cut-off, a number of challenges arose to livelihoods across rural and peri-urban areas.
Ration kits were distributed across different cities in 2020, during the two-month lockdown. In 2021, as many states declared lockdowns to curb the spread of the second wave, we’re continuing to distribute ration kits to families who are severely affected by the lockdown.
Your support can help us distribute ration kits to the countless families affected by this pandemic.
Vaccination is proven effective in generating antibodies and there have been phenomenal successes in countries like Israel and the US where most of the population has been vaccinated and the COVID curve has nearly flattened. While COVISHIELD and COVAXIN are approved vaccines in India, 6 more are in the pipeline for emergency approval. India will soon begin to vaccinate citizens above the age of 18 years.
In partnership with Health Departments in Karnataka, Bihar, and Delhi, we’re supporting the inoculation of elders above the age of 45 years and soon for those above 18 years. We’re campaigning across remote areas to educate residents about the benefits of vaccination.
Your support can contribute towards setting up vaccination camps including a van along with a doctor, a nurse, vaccination kits, and temporary setups that can help us reach communities who either can’t afford to travel to vaccination sites or have distrust towards vaccination.