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Good Samaritans step up to do their bit for Covid-hit AP

Good Samaritans step up to do their bit for Covid-hit AP

Andhra Pradesh has received Covid-19 aid worth Rs 6.72 crore in the last 10 days and expects more aid worth about Rs 8 crore. Medicines worth more than one crore rupees worth were donated from Lupin, India Bulls and Biophore. The State government has been receiving many representations from citizens offering their help during these pandemic conditions. Two senior nodal officers have been nominated by the government to liaise with these Good Samaritans and coordinate all the Covid relief activities in view of the surge in cases.

The government has also reached out to various organisations, trusts, societies, donors, NRIs and PSUs from various countries and within India who are willing to come forward in extending their helping hand to combat Covid-19 and provide assistance to the state government in the form of medicines, oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders, surgical masks, respirators, medicinal equipment, etc. Nirman, an NGO, has provided 13×10 bedded ICUs — one in each district area hospital and another 13 are being planned for phase-II.

ACT Foundation is providing 500 LPM Oxygen Plant in six district Area hospitals in phase-I and more in Phase II. As many as 607 oxygen concentrators and 184 oxy cylinders were received and over 1,000 oxygen concentrators are being assured. According to the state Covid Command Control Centre, Khalsa Aid India Charitable Trust had assured of donating 25 oxygen concentrators to those that need it in Andhra Pradesh. These concentrators will be utilised for patients in the West Godavari district.

South Indian Cement Manufacturers’s Association (SICMA) is also donating 200 oxygen concentrators. Ten lakh worth of oxygen concentrators were donated by Linde India ltd to the Anantapur district. Flex Chennai has assured donation of sixty 50-liter and seventy 40 litre medical oxygen cylinders and 170 ten-litre steel cylinders worth around Rs 1 crore.

Mana Telugu Association Germany (MATA) has donated five oxygen concentrators. Dr Nageswar Bandla has donated 10 oxygen concentrators to Chittoor Sankalp Hospital. Green panel has donated 25 oxygen concentrators to the Anantapur district. Swasth Digital Health Foundation and ACT collaboratively donated 1,000 oxygen concentrators to various hospitals across the state. Fifty lakh worth of oxygen concentrators and PSI plants were donated by Aditya Birla to the Andhra Pradesh government.

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