As the second wave of coronavirus surges massively in various parts of the country, the healthcare system is under tremendous pressure. Hospitals across the nation are struggling to meet the requirements of medical oxygen and ventilators. The social media platform is flooded with SOS calls with people looking for any possible help for oxygen, ICU beds, ventilator beds, and plasma donors.
In this chaotic scenario, Ola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Ola, on Monday announced to partner with the GiveIndia donation platform to help people gain access to oxygen concentrators.
The ride service provider has now joined the growing hub of companies contributing towards relief efforts amidst the pandemic crisis. The free service, provided through the Ola app, will start rolling out in Bengaluru this week with an initial set of 500 oxygen concentrators. The goal is to scale up to 10,000 concentrators in the coming weeks.
Announcing the news over Twitter, the CEO of Ola, Bhavish Agarwal said that unprecedented times like these should call out for coming up together and helping communities. He then provided information regarding the ‘O2 initiative in partnership with the GiveIndia foundation to help needy people with oxygen concentrators.
In addition to the delivery of concentrators, Ola will also collect back the used machines from the users after their recovery. In this process, consumers can request oxygen concentrators on the Ola app. By entering few basic details, the request will be sent for validation.
Further, Ola’s drivers will deliver to the consumer’s doorsteps via cabs. Once the patient has recovered completely and is in no further need of the oxygen concentrator, the device will be picked up by Ola drivers and sent back to GiveIndia Foundation for refilling purposes for the next patient.
Besides Ola, many other Indian startups have introduced Covid-19 specific services to give relief to those battling the disease. For instance, Paytm has offered its Payment Gateway services to all registered NGOs across the country at zero transaction fees on donations up to an amount of 10 lacs.
Food delivery app, Zomato had launched an emergency delivery feature to help covid patients get food on a priority basis. RapiPay Fintech introduced a tool on its website and app that assists users to check vaccination availability in their area and register for the vaccination slot via Co-WIN accordingly.
With India gasping for oxygen and beds, the services provided by these startups have been commendable. In the last 24 hours, India recorded a total number of 3.29 fresh active cases, taking the tally to 2.29 crores. With more than 3800 life casualties, the date rate has touched the mark of 2,49,992.