The second wave of COVID-19 has put India’s entire healthcare system under immense stress. Just in a few weeks, India has become the worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in the world. Adding to the existing stress, the unavailability of oxygen and medicine scarcity has become a big-time problem.
Many countries like Germany, Saudi Arabia, and others have extended their support to India to fight the crisis and the pandemic. Meanwhile, the Indian corporates have stepped in to provide various services to help the nation.
Zomato + Delhivery
Food delivery Unicorn Zomato partnered with Logistics Unicorn Delhivery to procure oxygen concentrators and various medical supplied to help the Indian medical situation. This mission named, “Help Save My India” will be administered by Zomato’s not-for-profit initiative, Feeding India. Zomato will raise Rs 50 crore through donations currently open for domestics donors. Zomato is likely to share a new link for International donors.
Earlier, Logistics Unicorn Delhivery announced that it will be flying two planes from China to provide logistical support for importing oxygen concentrators. Delhivery’s co-founder Sahil Barua announced in a Linkedin post: “We are flying charters into India with oxygen concentrators and other essential supplies and can build more capacity on-demand”. The flight is likely to take place on Wednesday.
Amazon is airlifting massive medical support consisting of 8000+ oxygen concentrators and over 500 BiPAP machines from Singapore. It has also made required formalities done with the help of partner organizations in India. Amazon is all set to donate all this equipment to various hospitals, and organizations to strengthen the supply and capacity to help patients across the nation.
While a small consignment has already landed on 25 April 2020 in Mumbai, the majority of shipping is expected to be completed by 30th April. Additionally, the Indian counterpart of the Giant, Amazon India is also procuring over 1500 oxygen concentrators and other critical medical equipment.
CRED – One billion litres of O2
Bengaluru-based CRED has launched an initiative on the crowdfunding platform Milaap to raise funds to buy equipment that will enable the production of one billion litres of oxygen. The startup has invited its exclusive community members to donate using CRED coins for the initiative.
Paytm – Oxygen for India
Another Initiative named ‘Oxygen for India’ by Paytm is kickstarted on Monday to raise Rs 10 crore for procurement of 3,000 oxygen concentrators for various covid care centres. The fintech giant has invited its users to donate money on its platform and said it will match each contribution made. The startup has already placed an order to import 1,000 oxygen concentrators worth Rs 4 crore, it said.
Reliance Industries + Reliance Foundation
Reliance has been at the forefront among the Indian corporates in fighting the pandemic. In 2020, Reliance Foundation, along with BMC had set up India’s first COVID-19 hospital with a dedicated 225-bed facility at Seven Hills Hospital in Mumbai. Out of the 225 beds; 100 beds, including 20 ICU beds, are exclusively managed by Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital.
RF has now extended its support during the second wave by increasing its facility and covid-19-relief operations across the city facilities. RFH will be managing nearly 875 beds, including 145 ICU beds, across NSCI, Seven Hills Hospital, and the Trident Hotel.
HCAH (HealthCare At Home)
Noida-based health-tech startup HealthCare at Home (HCAH) has converted a hotel in Gurgaon to set up a facility for oxygen concentrators. COVID-19 positive patients who require oxygen are being assisted at this unit. Currently, the facility is equipped to treat 125 patients.
Plasma Matchmaking by TrulyMadly
Plasma donation has already played a crucial role in steadily increasing Covid-19 recovery in the country. Launched as part of a hackathon at TrulyMadly, CoronaClusters matches covid patients with relevant donors. The website currently logs more than 30 lakh views/Month. The website also strikes upon unverified requests and donors.
OYO care by OYO
OYO, the world’s third-largest hotel aggregator chain has announced an OYO Care, integrated isolation facilities developed at OYO hotels. The need for places to isolate to protect our near and dear ones is more than ever before has increased with the rising infections in the country. At OYO, many partners are enabling this critical need across multiple cities.
Machadalo Covid-19 HelpDesk by Machadalo
Data Science driven startup Machadalo has created an easily accessible WhatsApp repository that will deliver required information based on location. The WhatsApp-based chatting service currently addresses concerns related to the availability of oxygen cylinders & refilling centres, oxygen concentrators, Sources to check availability of hospital beds, ICU beds and ventilator equipped beds and availability of medicines like Remdesivir. Machadalo is also open for users contributing verified information.
The stressful second wave of Covid-19 led many citizens and organizations to share the availability and requirement of beds, oxygen and various medicines like Remdesivir.
Looking at the flood of posts on social media platforms, Co-founder of Avenue Growth, Rachit Mathur has taken to Linkedin announcing a dedicated team of telecallers 24×7 to verify the requirements and availability of beds, oxygen, Intra-City food delivery for covid patients, medicines, etc., Rachit further added that Avenue Growth will also extend the service NGOs and is free of cost. Also, requested to connect with such organizations.
BluSmart Mobility is offering 50% on all rides and rentals for healthcare professionals – Doctors, Nurses and other medical staff who are fighting the pandemic under their white collars. BluSmart terms healthcare professionals as real-heroes who are need of the hour.
Adding to the initiative, BluSmart has already kickstarted free rides for plasma donors to and from plasma donation centres in Delhi. BluSmart also marks its vaccinated driver-partners on the mobile app with a golden badge associated with their name.
Hyderbad-based Goodclap, an crowdfunding platform started a fundraiser worth Rs 10 lakhs to provide various essential supplies, primarily to facilitate oxygen supply chain in the country. That includes both procurement of oxygen or production of oxygen. The fundraiser has reached Rs 1.1 Lakh worth donations in the first 10 hours. It currently has raised little above 6 Lakhs in 24 hours. Apart this, Goodclap also provides verified information at www.covid.goodclap.org which is found to be crucial and difficult for many cases.