Amid the spiraling COVID-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh, the Gurdwara Samiti of Indirapuram here is providing oxygen cylinders to help patients at a time when the life-saving gas is in short supply.
Though the group isn't providing cylinders for home, patients can come to the Indirapuram gurdwara and use them till their oxygen levels normalize. The group has helped 250 COVID-19 patients so far.
On Friday, distraught family members of many COVID-19 patients queued up outside the gurdwara. The volunteers were seen fitting the oxygen apparatus in their vehicles.
Indirapuram Gurdwara Samiti president Gurpreet Singh 'Rummy' said the group has managed to arrange 25 big cylinders but they aren't enough when 500 COVID-19 patients are in dire need of oxygen.
He said the group doesn't have enough empty cylinders to help those in need but will arrange more on Saturday. On the black marketing of oxygen cylinders, Rummy said, it is unfortunate that people are using a pandemic for minting money. The Samiti has publicized its phone numbers so that patients' family members can take an appointment before coming to the gurdwara.