Jaipur: Amidst acute shortage of oxygen across the country, a philanthropist has come up with an idea to mitigate the current crisis of the COVID-19 patients in Rajasthan. Just like a blood bank model, the breathing bank will provide portable oxygen machines to COVID-19 patients on a rental basis.
India’s first-of-its-kind breathing bank will come up in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur.
The idea of Nirmal Gehlot is being supported by many social workers. People have donated funds to purchase 95 machines so far.
However, Gehlot’s aim is to procure 500 machines.
“We aim to buy 500 machines and by Saturday, around 10 machines will reach Jodhpur,” news agency IANS mentioned said the philanthropist as saying.
He revealed that he saw his mother battling for life-saving gas in 2020 and recently, one of his friends died due to the oxygen crisis.
That is why, Gehlot thought to work on something to tackle this crisis.
Those seeking to rent the machine will have to pay Rs 100 daily. Rent will be collected to ensure that the person returns the machine.
The cost of a portable oxygen machine is around Rs 40,000. It collects air around and separates it from nitrogen to give five-litre oxygen each minute.
With this machine, patients will be given oxygen at their houses with the help of a pipeline and hence, hospitals’ burden will be alleviated.