The Behala Gurudwara started the work of standing by the people. On the day of the rise of the Covid wave in Calcutta and at the juncture of the scarcity of oxygen supply, they opened the Free Oxygen Langar for the common patient. Just show the prescription. People of any religion are welcome there. This oxygen service has just started. From the beginning there has been a huge response.
Majherhat Bridge collapse, amphan or lockdown– this Gurudwara has been seen beside the danger in any accident. The Behala Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee and the IIHA Foundation brought the news of this relief to the corona patients in a second wave of this corona when the number of oxygen cries, victims or deaths were all around. As a result, ‘Oxygen Langar’ was introduced at Behala Gurudwara. Here a temporary (makeshift facility) oxygen bank is being set up to supply oxygen to corona patients. This ‘anchor’ has the infrastructure to give oxygen to at least 25 people at a time. There are medical staff who are giving oxygen to the patients by checking the medical parameters. 5 Oxygen Portable Oxygen Concentrators are stored. The plan of this portable concentrator is to provide oxygen in their car if any patient cannot come to the anchorage on foot. They have also arranged mobile vans for patients who are in ‘home isolation’ and cannot leave the house.
Patients can go here from any area. People of any religion, caste (irrespective of caste, creed and religion) can go. This oxygen service is being provided completely free of cost to everyone. Already twenty to twenty-two corona patients come in a day to take oxygen.
However, the Gurudwara Committee does not want to stop here, they have more plans. They will also start delivering oxygen to the patient’s home in a few days. Satnam Singh Aluwalia (Satnam Ahluwalia, secretary, Behala Gurudwara) said they also have plans to set up ‘oxygen-booths’ in various areas in Kolkata and suburbs. Their committee has already started talking to the health department about this.
Not only this, with the help of Covid situation they can get hospital beds. They will also talk to the state health department about this.