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Help India fight 2nd deadly wave of COVID-19
Rajeshwari Devi, 58, died on Sunday after waiting for two days to get uninterrupted oxygen, an ambulance and a bed in a Covid-19 hospital. She kept waiting and gasping but it was too late by the time help arrived. She was taken to a hospital emergency room on 16 April after her oxygen saturation level dropped. Her CT scan showed that she had developed severe pneumonia. But without her Covid report the hospital refused to admit her. She spent around 36 hours in the emergency room on oxygen support. The staff there told her family they were running out of oxygen and she needed to be moved to a bigger hospital but there was no ambulance or any promise of a bed. The desperate family took her in their car to a hospital where a bed had become available after the intervention of a politician. She had no oxygen support in the car - she died minutes before she could be admitted to hospital. Ashish Agrahari, her son, says his mother would have had a chance at survival if treatment was given in time. Heartbreaking stories such as this are coming in from across India as second Covid wave wreaks havoc. But the country’s healthcare system is crumbling amid the surge in cases - doctors say it’s hard for them to “see the light at the end of the tunnel this time” Prime Minister Modi expressed concern over spread of the Covid virus to Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. Prime Minister spoke at length on the oxygen supply issue which has been in the news due to reports of deaths of patients across various states as hospitals have run out of oxygen……
Relative grieve, after 24 hours Covid-19 patient died, allegedly due to shortage of oxygen cylinders
Mass cremation of COVID-19 Victims in New Delhi
SUPREME TASK INDIA's RESONSE TO COVID-19 SECOND WAVE
Girls carrying their deceased father to the cremation ground
The second wave of COVID pandemic in India has unleashed an unprecedented public health crisis caused due to the large-scale spread of COVID infection in all parts of the country. According to the news reports, the past few days have witnessed cases reaching till 4,00,000 per day and nearly 2500 COVID’19 related deaths in different parts of the country.
Migrants and other passenger arrive at railway station to head their hometown, amidst curfew imposed to prevent the spead of Covid-19
The health system, particularly in the large cities and urban areas, is failing miserably due to the rapid increase in the number of COVID patients who are desperately seeking medical assistance and supplemental oxygen. As COVID’19 is raging on, Supreme Task India has a desire to reach out to people in the slums of Delhi and villagers in Odisha.
Health Worker adjust oxygen mask of COVID-19 positive patient as she receive primary treatment inside an autorickshaw at Government COVID-19 hospital
We need to immediately address burning issues. The poor people are in extreme need of oxygen and beds. People coming from well-established families aren’t able to find beds, so think about the plight of the poor. Many of them passed away outside the hospital itself while standing in the long emergency queues. Many individuals who are in home isolation have infected their own family members. Their homes get sealed and they don’t have anyone to get them essentials and medicines.
A Covid-19 patient gets primary treatment inside a car as he waits to be admitted at a hospital
With these intentions, Supreme Task India will launch an initiative in emergency, which seeks to directly support COVID’19 affected families. We aspire to provide prevention, vaccination, hygiene and food security interventions.
Relatives of Covid-19 patients queue to collect oxygen
Many COVID patients and their families can be benefitted, as we will be helping them with cooked meals and medications for the COVID patients. Also, we would like to provide Oxygen Concentrators to patients who are in extreme need of it. Adolescent girls and women in the slums do not have access to sanitary pads, lack of which will further deteriorate their health and hygiene.
STI’s RESONSE TO COVID-19 FIRST WAVE
During the first wave of the pandemic our organization helped to provide dry ration and hygiene kits to our beneficiaries. We provided dry ration to around 15000 families in the vicinity of South West Delhi.
Emergency relief drive by Supreme Task
The situation during the first pandemic was also volatile and hundreds of thousands of migrant workers were on exodus. There was fear in the minds of people of the new virus and the terror that how will it impact someone’s life. Supreme Task whole heartedly fought against the first wave and reached out to the migrant laborers and needy families in providing dry ration, hygiene kits. Similarly, in the second wave we are hopeful to be of substance and stretch out a hand to the people who are struggling with the sudden crisis. People don’t get beds in hospitals and unable to get oxygen cylinders hence, they are losing their lives.
Tale of miseries amidst the pandemic and lockdown…..
Neeraj has been one of the most energetic and regular student in our Literacy Center. He lives with his mother and sisters in the slum of Dabri. Sadly, his father, Ghasi Ram who was the sole bread earner in the house contracted the Covid and passed away due to lack of resources and the inability to access health care. The family is left in tatters after the tragic loss of head of their house. At the moment, Neeraj is not old enough to work and his mother cannot even go out to work because of the lockdown. The family is locked inside their house without food and basic facilities. Neeraj and his sisters are not in a position to continue their studies. The family is experiencing the greatest crisis of their lives with being physically, mentally as well as financially shattered.
Rajkumari has been associated with us through the Empowerment for Women project. She has been proactive in participating and learning. The constant pain in her legs has created problems for her, while doing the daily chores. Despite of this she used to work in two houses as their house-help as she was in dire need of money. On 5th April 2021 her husband died a sudden death out of Covid. But she denies that her husband died out of Covid, as she fears that people would scorn upon her. They feel shattered as there is complete lockdown in Delhi and she cannot work. Her relatives used to help her initially but they have also stopped as they themselves are facing acute shortages of resources. She called our Teacher and requested for help. This lockdown has left many people like Rajkumari in a helpless and hopeless situation where either the starvation or the pandemic will kill them.
Gungun is an extra ordinarily brilliant student in our Smash Hunger Center. Her sisters Dolly and Himani are also a part of our project. She wasn’t able to come for sometime, as her health condition was deteriorating. Her recovering rate was very low as compared to what the doctors were expecting. Her mother used all her savings and took many loans to pay for Gungun’s treatment. Sadly, nothing worked and Gungun passed away. Her family is extremely broken now. They are so drained that they do not know what to do with their life furthermore. While already they are dealing with this emotional trauma, they are also now under extreme debts and unable to repay the debts as they are low on finances because of lack of work during this ongoing lockdown. Thus they are very vulnerable during this 2nd wave of Covid-19.
People at an oxygen filling station with their cylinders, as a spike in corona virus across the nation spiked the demand for oxygen
Through this initiative, we will be focusing on the below mentioned categories:-
- Food Aid: To support poor and vulnerable families affected by the COVID with dry ration kits to ensure food and nutrition security for 30 days. We will also provide cooked light meals for covid patients in covid care center.
- Oxygen concentrators and Hygiene Kits for COVID patients: The organization will provide high flow oxygen concentrators and hygiene kits which would include medicines for COVID patients.
- Sanitary Pad Distribution: Earlier adolescent girls used to get sanitary napkins in schools, but now during the lockdown they aren’t getting it. Also, poor women in the slum cannot afford to purchase sanitary pads to keep up with the menstrual health and hygiene.
- Information Center: Through an information center our organization can help people to be transported to COVID Care Centers.
- Financial Assistance: We can also provide cash to a few needy families who do not have anything for survival.
- Protection for COVID warriors: The organization aims to support doctors, nurses, frontline health workers, police personnel, sanitation and other workers with personal protective equipment (PPE) to enable them to continue delivering services to COVID patients.