Indian cab services provider, Ola has now come to the rescue of patients with a unique initiative. Ola Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of Ola has now partnered with donation platform GiveIndia And will provide consumers with oxygen concentrators.
Read on to find out how this works right here!
OLA To Start Providing 10,000 Oxygen Concentrators; Will Start From Bengaluru
As the country fights with the Second and severe wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ola Foundation has announced its contribution towards the same by providing consumers with oxygen concentrators.
Ola Chairman and Group CEO Bhavish Aggarwal said, “We must come together and help our communities during these unprecedented times. We hope this initiative brings much-needed support during these very difficult times and helps in mitigating the pain and the anxiety among those impacted.”
This service will be free of cost through the Ola app, and will begin operations in Bengaluru from this week. The initial set of oxygen concentrators that will be provided will be 500. As per a statement, Ola and GiveIndia Will soon extend this service across the country and will offer up to 10,000 concentrators in the upcoming few weeks
How Does This Initiative Work?
Consumers can request for an oxygen concentrator from the Ola app. However they will need to provide a few basic details for validation. Once this is submitted the request will be validated and Ola will pick up the concentrators through one of its cabs and deliver it to the consumers. The driver who will do the needful will also be specially trained.
When the patient is recovered and the concentrator is no longer needed by the patient, it will be picked up by Ola and who will return it to GiveIndia, which, in turn, will prep the concentrator for the next patient who requires it.
As we all know the country is going through a difficult time and suffering severely from the second wave of the Chinese virus. There is a significant shortage of medical oxygen and beds. Patients all around the country are asking for help with oxygen cylinders, hospital beds, plasma donors, and ventilators.
As India reels under the impact of the second wave, hospitals in several states are reeling under a shortage of medical oxygen and beds. Social media timelines are filled with SOS calls with people looking for
Organisations across the spectrum have come forward to source and donate oxygenators, breathing machines, and ventilators.
Digital payments solutions provider Razorpay said it has enabled a ‘Donate Now’ feature on the payment checkout page of all its merchants that will allow its merchant partners to nudge their customers to donate any amount after completing their payment.
Within 7 days of launching this feature, over 2,000 merchants have enabled the feature and almost Rs 20 crore have been collected by the partner NGOs through Razorpay’s platform.
Fintech major Paytm said it is offering its Payment Gateway services to all registered NGOs across the country at zero transaction fees – on donations of up to Rs 10 lakh – to help them secure maximum resources for swift and smooth COVID relief work.
RapiPay Fintech said it has introduced a tool on its website and app that assists users to check vaccination availability in their area and accordingly, register for the vaccination slot via Co-WIN.
iCreate said three startups incubated by it have launched critical health-tech devices that will help in altering ICU ventilators to host multiple patients and in augmenting large-scale oxygen supply chains.
Developed by Social Hardware, 3D printed splitter is a ventilator expansion device that allows a single ventilator to support up to four patients during a time of acute equipment shortage.
The IoT-enabled Chief Beta (Industrial IOT Gateway) – developed by Limelight IT solutions – is an industrial gateway that can easily plug into the oxygen supply lines of hospitals and allied healthcare institutions to monitor, perform audits, detect and send leakage alerts.
RedCarbon TechnoHub, on the other hand, has developed a portable oxygen generator ‘Oxyter’ that works on electrolysis.
“With the healthcare system in the country being stretched thin, deploying pragmatic technological interventions is the need of the hour. The most pressing need being an augmented O2 supply chain across the country. These innovations that our startups have come up with are cost-effective and quickly deployable,” Anupam Jalote, CEO of iCreate, said.