The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday announced that it will contribute to the nation’s fight against the raging COVID-19 pandemic’s second wave by donating 2000 10-Litre Oxygen Concentrators.
An oxygen concentrator is a medical device that operates by drawing air from the environment to deliver continuous, clean, and concentrated oxygen to needy patients. Concentrators provide a sustainable and cost-effective source of medical oxygen and are designed for continuous operation.
Despite doing considerably well in the first wave of the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020, India was hit badly in the second wave as the mutated variants of the virus resulted in India recording over 4,00,000 cases for almost a fortnight in a row and deaths also happened at over 4,000 per day.
This led to a severe burden on the country’s healthcare system as patients gasped for medical oxygen and normal beds and ICU beds became valuable as numbers surged in April 2021. The majority of state governments decided to impose lockdown-like restrictions to curb the spread of the new variants of COVID-19 which were more contagious and to lessen the pressure on doctors and healthcare professionals.
The Oxygen Concentrators Will Provide Immediate Relief To Those Affected And Will Help In Their Speedy Recovery: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly
As per a statement by the BCCI, the board will distribute the concentrators across India over the next few months with hopes that the needy patients will get critical medical aid and care in time. The BCCI also hopes that the initiative will reduce the havoc unleashed by the pandemic.
“The BCCI acknowledges the stellar role the medical and healthcare community has played and continues to play as we fight this long battle against the virus. They have truly been frontline warriors and have done whatever possible to shield us. The Board has always put health and safety at the top of the chart and remains committed to the cause. The oxygen concentrators will provide immediate relief to those affected and will help in their speedy recovery,” Sourav Ganguly said.
India has managed to lessen the shortfall of medical oxygen in the country by getting the metal industry to produce more oxygen for hospitals and by importing oxygen generators from all over the world. Even multiple countries have sent oxygen generators as part of relief aid to India, as it battles the virus pandemic.
“We stand shoulder to shoulder in this collective fight against the virus. The BCCI understands the desperate need for medical equipment in this hour of crisis and hopes this effort will help in narrowing the demand-supply gap that has generated across the country. We have all gone through a lot but I am confident that we can stay ahead of the curve now that the vaccination drive is underway. I urge everyone eligible to get vaccinated,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said.