India is struggling under the impact of the second wave of COVID19. People are dying in thousands every day, hospitals are unable to cater, and the situation is quite grim. Unlike the earlier wave, the current wave is devastating communities in rural India which lack the medical infrastructure to cope with daily cases. Healthcare systems are stretched to breaking point as medical professionals and government officials struggle to manage this unprecedented crisis. The tragedy of rural India has not been covered widely in the media.
As an international community, we all can play a role to reach out and support the affected people in rural India at this time of desperate need by contributing our efforts to combating the pandemic.
Who we are:
We are group of doctors and professionals working in the UK who have come together and created a taskforce to identify urgent pandemic-related healthcare needs in the state of Odisha and support the effort to combat this COVID19 outbreak. This effort will be managed by team from Shree Jagannatha Society UK , Odisha Society of UK , Odisha Society of Scotland & Irish Odia Association .
Located on the east coast, Odisha is one of the devloping states of India, with a largely rural population – a very high proportion of whom are tribal belonging to India’s many indigenous tribes. Several districts in Odisha have inadequately developed healthcare infrastructure and are currently reeling under the impact of this second wave of COVID19. Looking at the government of Odisha data , the COVID-19 patient to hospitals with COVID-19 facility ratio is very low and requires a lot of help to cope up with the upsurge in COVID cases in second wave in Western Odisha e.g. Sundergarh, Bolangir, Bargarh & Nuapada.
Urgently raise funds to help enhance medical and COVID management capabilities to deal with the COVID19 crisis in Rural Odisha.
FUNDING TARGET: £20,000
Aim of the Project:
1. Oxygen saturation monitors – 500 units: for patients to monitor their blood oxygen levels. This will help early identification of signs and symptoms of COVID19 and allow supportive management of less sick patients at home
2. Oxygen concentrators – 25 units: to be supplied to COVID medical wards and rural healthcare centres at district headquarters in Rural Odisha; To enable efficient and economic management of patients requiring oxygen support.
3. Food items for those isolating: to support families, who are isolating and unable to do daily work to get ration for their daily food supply.
Target – 7 Days:
How to deliver?
1. Directly to nodal COVID Management Units in district headquarters in rural Odisha
2. To identified healthcare outlets and providers in rural Odisha.
3. Equipment to be procured directly from distributors in India.
4. Food – We will buy raw food material and deliver directly to people’s home by various local NGOs.
How much funding needed?
1. Sense Q pulse Oximeter – 500 units. Cost = 500 X £15 = £ 7,500
2. Oxygen Concentrator – 25 units Cost = 25 X £350 = £ 8,500
3. Extra Oxygen mask & tube – 250 units Cost= 250X£10 = £2500
4. Food item Cost = £1,500
TOTAL = £ 20,000
We have already contacted appropriate COVID19 taskforce officials in Odisha and are in discussions with equipment suppliers and distributors. Additionally we are currently identifying and contacting healthcare outlets and providers in rural Odisha. Our colleagues working on the ground in various Odisha districts are engaged in these activities, and will monitor the distribution and usage of the equipment provided.