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Update COVID-19: Oxygen for makeshift hospitals

Bangalore, India

The second wave of COVID-19 infections in India has led to a severe shortage of oxygen. We work together with the city ansministration and an NGO setting up primary care facilities for people who cannot be admitted into overcrowded hospitals.

Monja M. from Technik ohne Grenzen e.V. | 
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Update COVID-19 2021:
India is currently battling a dangerous and highly infectious second wave of the corona virus with close to 19 million confirmed cases and a death toll of 2,09,581 as of April 30, 2021.

Several cities in India are witnessing record numbers of cases on a daily basis. On April 30, Bangalore saw a single day spike of almost 27,000 cases. With nearly 260,000 active cases, Bangalore has become the district with the highest active caseload in the country.

These record spikes have led to overcrowded hospitals and a severe shortage of supplies (including oxygen cylinders and oxygen concentrators). Hospitals have been struggling to meet the demand for oxygen and in several cases have turned away patients who were in critical condition resulting in a record number of deaths as people wait for admissions outside hospitals or try to find help elsewhere.

In the midst of this crisis, we are working with Bangalore a local NGO and  the city’s municipal administration to convert multiple buildings into primary care centers. These centers will cater to patients with mild symptoms of covid19 who may require oxygen support and try to save the lifes of those wating for hospitalisation.

As no equipment is available in India, all funds will be routed to Technology without Borders in Germany who will be procuring the equipment locally and flying it out.

(image courtesy PTI)