India Covid-19: Muslims step up for help as healthcare system...

Covid-19: Muslims step up for help as healthcare system ‘collapses’ in India


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As the healthcare situation is getting worse, due to a massive surge in Covid-19 cases, Muslim community has come forward to cope with deteriorating healthcare condition in India.

Some of them are trying to arrange hospital beds while others are trying to provide oxygen and injections.

Many mosques have now become oxygen providing centres while some others are transformed into hospitals as there is a lack of hospital beds to admit Covid-19 patients across the country.

Many mosques in Mumbai have taken the initiative to provide oxygen cylinders to the suffering patients and, in turn, to take some pressure off the hospitals.

The oxygen cylinders are provided free of cost and they comes with kits that can be installed at home for Covid-19 patients to compensate the low oxygen saturation level. These cylinders and kits are available in the Mumbra’s Mira Road, Kalyan and Bhiwandi.

The initiative is taken by the Red Crescent Society of India, a non-governmental organisation.

“Since not all Covid-19 patients are getting beds in hospitals and many are being treated at home, we thought of making oxygen available to those who need it. It is being provided for free to people, irrespective of religion, caste or creed. This is our united fight against the pandemic and we thought of doing our bit to help the needy,” said Arshad Siddiqui, chairman, Red Crescent Society of India, as quoted by the Times of India.

The founder of the NGO believes that the organization alone may not be able to meet the requirements and he chooses mosques to collectively fight against the pandemic.

“Mosques are God’s house, a sacred place, and we feel a good initiative should start from a sacred place. We are getting requests from all communities.”
Dr Azimuddin, an activist and a volunteer in the arrangement of oxygen for patients getting treated at home, said so far 1,000 cylinders have been distributed.

“Many people are dying because they are not getting oxygen on time. I have seen patients being sent back from different hospitals due to the unavailability of oxygen. If there is an adequate supply of oxygen, many lives can be saved,” TOI quoted Azimuddin as saying.

In Gujarat’s Vadodara district, a mosque in Jahangirpura has been transformed into a Covid Centre, providing 50 beds to the patients.

“Due to shortage of beds and oxygen cylinders, we decided to convert our mosque into Covid facility. And what’s better than the month of Ramadan to do this,” said the trustee of the mosque, as quoted by ANI.

Another Mosque in the Chandni Chowk area of Delhi has committed itself to provide free of cost oxygen cylinders. Masjid Shahi Bagh Wali has set up a relief centre and circulated a poster in the area announcing the offer to provide free of cost oxygen cylinders.

“Team Masjid Shahi Bagh Wali Covid-19 Relief Centre has initiated to provide Free 8 litre oxygen cylinders to the patients who need them at the time of emergency on a returnable basis. If anyone needs an Oxygen Cylinder, please Feel Free to Contact Us,” reads the poster. The mosque will be providing its services to several areas.

Mumbai Olive Trust is another organization providing oxygen cylinders to Covid patients in Mumbai. The oxygen cylinders are being provided to people who need them, irrespective of their religion.

Shahanwaz Shaikh sold his car, Air conditioner and other valuable belongings to meet the requirement of oxygen cylinders for Covid patients for free of cost in the city’s Malad area. Last year he provided 500 cylinders to patients on his own without any support from the administration.

In Madhya Pradesh’s Indore, Zafar Mansri, an entrepreneur has taken the responsibility to meet the requirement of Injection Remdesivir, which costs around 20000 rupees per injection and oxygen cylinders to patients suffering from coronavirus, that too free of cost.

The Indore administration asked him for help and he agreed to open his industry of oxygen for the needy patients and refused to take money in return as he believes one should come forward during crises.

Zakir Chauhan from Mumbai, Maharashtra is also extending help to covid patients by providing oxygen cylinders and believes that ‘killing a human means killing whole humanity’ likewise ‘saving a life of a human means saving humanity’ which is a basic principle of Islam.

Several other Muslims in the country are playing their role to lives and save humankind. They have “set an example for others in these tough times”.


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