Group crowdfunds 950 concentrators for Delhi hospitals | Delhi News – Times of India

Hospitals to get imported machines for free

NEW DELHI: A group of entrepreneurs and some not-for-profit groups have come together with the aim of importing 6,000 oxygen concentrators, which will be provided to hospitals and medical facilities in the city and elsewhere free of cost.
The first lot of around 950 concentrators has arrived in Delhi on a special chartered flight and is being distributed, the group, Democracy People Foundation, said Thursday. It expects 5,000 machines to arrive by May end, reports Rajshekhar Jha. The initiative has managed to raise around Rs 34 crore through crowdfunding within 10 days.
How ‘Mission Oxygen’ has helped over 250 hospitals
The group has named this initiative ‘Mission Oxygen’. What started with a small band of young entrepreneurs has swelled up to around 260 people now. The receivers of machines include over 250 hospitals and facilities of the country’s security forces as well.
The campaign was started when the family members of many of the core group members fell unwell and they experienced how ill equipped the healthcare system in Delhi was.
“We saw how our hospitals were going through dire situations and we realised that we urgently needed a lot of oxygen cylinders and concentrators to save as many lives as possible. This campaign started as a self-funded mission to help hospitals across the country get immediate access to oxygen concentrators,” said Rahul Aggarwal, a trustee of the Foundation that conceptualised the initiative.
According to Lokesh Munjal, a spokesperson for the group, the initial assumption was to fulfill a requirement of 100 pieces as this was easily manageable. “Within a few hours, we had a requirement of thousands of oxygen concentrators. It was decided to crowdfund and get more donors onboard,” he said.
These OCs have a flow of 10 litre per minute. Apart from Aggarwal, the campaign is driven by many young entrepreneurs running their own start-ups. Over 250 entrepreneurs have joined the campaign and it has received support from several celebrities from Bollywood and Cricketers.
The Democracy People Foundation, in association with another NGO, has also donated an oxygen generation plant, which is being set up at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital. It cost around 32 lakhs.


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