O2 autos roll out in Gurugram, to double as ‘ambulance’ – Times of India


The autos are equipped with 45-litre O2 cylinders, kits & masks

GURUGRAM: Five refitted autos equipped with oxygen cylinders hit the city’s streets this weekend to answer SOS calls from Covid patients and move them quickly to a hospital if needed.
The ‘auto ambulances’ are a joint initiative of two city-based charities, Reva Foundation and Sai Seva Foundation. All five autos that were launched on Saturday are equipped with 45-litre oxygen cylinders, kits and masks, and can also be availed of by any patient in need of oxygen at home.
Sunil Rao of Reva foundation said, “The auto drivers have been trained in giving oxygen support to patients.” He added that patients who are in home isolation and need oxygen can call them and avail of their services for free. “If someone’s oxygen levels are low, they can call us and use the oxygen cylinder for up to four or five hours until their condition improves,” said Rao. Else, people can also use these autos as ambulances to go to a hospital in case of an emergency.
Drivers of O 2 autos must wear PPE kits
Though the service was started with five autorickshaws, the organisations will monitor demand and expand the number of ‘auto ambulances’. The drivers of the autos are required to wear PPE kits at all times as well as face shields, masks and gloves. “We have instructed them to regularly sanitise their hands and autos for their safety,” said Rao.
Vikas Sharma (27), one of the auto drivers volunteering for the initiative, said: “I understand that there are risks. But if everyone starts thinking like that, who will help the ones in need,’ asked Sharma. He hopes that he can help save some lives by offering his services. Similarly, Dinesh Yadav (32) will also be driving an ‘auto ambulance’. He said he got motivated by seeing other people extending help in these times. “There are so many people doing great work to help Covid patients. This service is something that I can do in my capacity,” said Yadav.



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