The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately hit the underprivileged people. As the cases are surging in Delhi, the underprivileged people are struggling to find medical transportation facilities.
Wishes and Blessings- Delhi-based NGO realized the urgency and importance of the issue and launched Ambulance service for the underprivileged COVID-19 patients. On July 1 they have launched WB Ambulances project in partnership with the Delhi government. The ambulance operates for 12 hours a day throughout the week and provides free services to the patients.
Geetanjali Chopra, Founder of Wishes and Blessings told The New Indian Express, “The ambulance provides free of cost transportation to hospitals, quarantine centres, treatment facilities and back to their home. The vehicles are also being used to hold COVID-19 tests in containment areas.”
After successfully running the project on a trial basis with one ambulance, now the organization will further add six vehicles to the fleet in August and the people can avail the services of the ambulance by dialing the ambulance helpline number 102. The Ambulances are well equipped with all the necessary medical supplies and the staff has also undergone intensive training.
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Geetanjali further added, “While doing the relief work in Delhi/NCR, the team realized that there was an acute shortage of medical transportation facilities, and many patients who were suspected of being COVID-19 positive could not access testing centres.”
Since the first day of the lockdown, the NGO has been actively providing COVID relief across various states like Delhi-NCR, Assam, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.
Within the first week of the operation itself, the organization has provided transportation service to 35 patients and carried out tests for 20 beneficiaries.
Delhi so far has 1, 27,323 confirmed cases of covid-19 and 1, 07,650 people have been recovered, while 3,719 people have died.