The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc around the world, and India is in a state of despair, today more than ever. Hospitals and crematoriums are witnessing unending queues every day. People are begging for hospital beds and oxygen, and dying in the absence of both.
The country is on its knees. Cries for help are going unanswered. India is devastated.
Despite everything that is bad, however, it is essential that we look at the bright side once in a while, but address the issues at the same time. In times as trying as these amid the pandemic, here are some stories, among many others, that restore our faith in humanity, give us hope and tell us how kindness and compassion are above everything else.
- Bengaluru volunteers provide tea, coffee to medical staffers
A group of volunteers from apartments in Bengaluru’s Whitefield are offering cups of tea and coffee to medical staffers of five government hospitals in the city. The volunteers have even donated three-month worth of supplies for the beverages, along with the vending machines. Victoria, Bowring, and Jayadeva hospitals got one dispenser each, and St John’s Hospital received two.
The initiative was started by volunteers of Prestige Ozone apartment, Prestige Shanti Niketan and Chaitanya Samarpana and their friends, along with Nestle and Georgia, The New Indian Express reported.
“The feedback has been extremely good and the medical staff are extremely thankful to us. Interactions with the healthcare workers revealed that they wanted this simple, basic necessity to refresh themselves as they could not step out of their wards due to Covid restrictions,” said Dr K Shashi Karthikeyan, a Whitefield resident involved in the efforts.
Another volunteer said, “Four more dispensers are in the pipeline and will be installed at the KG General Hospital in Kolar and Mysore Medical College.”
- Group of girls in Ranchi provides food to needy amid pandemic
A group of young girls in Ranchi, in their twenties, have come forward to provide cooked food and dry ration to the poor on the streets.
“Initially, there was no one to support me except my family. Later, a few people joined and today we are a group of 40 members out of which 20 are very much active,” The New Indian Express quoted Prerna Kumari, the team leader, as saying.
“To save labour cost, we cook and distribute it among the poor by targeting a particular area on the basis of leads received by our people or by our volunteers. Besides, we also provide dry ration to people who have lost jobs due to the lockdown,” she added.
- Indian School of Business alumni comes up with indigenous way to assemble PSA oxygen plant
Three friends from Hyderabad — all of them alumni of Indian School of Business — have come up with an indigenous way to assemble a Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) oxygen plant using locally sourced equipment.
Prashant Manne, Sireesha Yadlapalli and Ashish Naredi came up with the ‘OxyFlow’ PSA system in collaboration with IIT Tirupati, The New Indian Express reported. They have developed a functioning unit at Discovery Labs, an API manufacturing unit in Choutuppal, with Manne as the CEO.
According to Naredi, in a month they can install as many as 20 PSA oxygen plants. This can produce medical grade oxygen (of 93-95 percent purity) ranging from 60 litres per minute to even 1,000 litres per minute.
- Maharashtra cop distributes food, ration to needy during Covid crisis
IPS officer Dr Abhinav Deshmukh, Superintendent of Police, Pune (Rural) and his team have been distributing food and ration amid the Covid crisis. They have already distributed the same among more than 5,000 people in need, The New Indian Express reported.
“The elderly have felt trapped in lockdowns. They couldn’t even step out to get medicines out of fear. That’s where we as the police have stepped in and provided emotional and mental succour. We created a helpline for senior citizens. We also formed a separate team to look after them,” said the 2009-batch IPS officer.
“After all, policemen are human beings. They too have families and emotions. So, in the pandemic, we have taken proactive measures to reach out to the people,” he added.
- Vizianagaram woman provides free food to more than 200 Covid patients
Varanasi Santoshi Raj of Kalighat Colony, Vizianagaram, had started off by providing food for free to about 20 Covid patients. Now, she provides food to over 200 patients in the town.
“Now, I am able to prepare 200 food packets a day and distribute them to those in home isolation with the help of my husband Kasiraju. I am taking requests for food from patients through Facebook and WhatsApp also,” The New Indian Express quoted Santoshi as saying.
“I have seen the problems of middle class people from my childhood. My father is an inspiration to me in serving the poor and needy people. With the support of my husband and other family members, I am able to serve the needy people during the Covid pandemic,” she added.
Patients can contact Santoshi Raj on mobile No. 7095945306.