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Bizmen, NGOs help cops battle Covid crisis

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Businessmen, NGOs have come forward to help Kolkata police stations battle the Covid crisis. Vinod Mishra, a businessman from Ballygunge, had made it a habit to help out the underprivileged through CSIR activities. When Covid’s second wave broke out, he desperately wanted to be of some help. “I was looking for an opportunity to serve. I was reading a lot about the oxygen shortage and how a few ambulance drivers were fleecing people. It was then that I came and met OC Soumo Thakur at Parnasree police station. I shared my plans and he readily agreed to help,” said Mishra.
An ambulance now kept at the Parnasree police station for the past three days ferries Covid patients to various hospitals for free within the police station area. In addition, two oxygen cylinders have been kept ready to be given to patient who is in home isolation. This service too is free. Mishra says his plans include feeding entire families who are infected by Covid for free. “We are taking one step at a time. Just call us at 62922-58703 or 62894-45195 and we will try our best to help on behalf of Kolkata police and the Parnasree police,” said OC Thakur.
With the local cops starting to receive the maximum distress calls all through the day, various other police stations have made preparations of their own. Beniapukur has started a 10-bed oxygen parlour at Beniapukur library. “Those having SPO2 between 85-92 can come and receive oxygen here. If the level dips below 85, the medical staff here will try and arrange a bed in the hospital. Two NGOs have provided the necessary technical help. The OC, Aloke Kumar Sarkar, had himself been in ventilation for weeks while recovering from Covid. He played a very helpful role here,” recalled his divisional senior.

The Kasba police have so far been arranging for oxygen for its residents.

“There has been a dearth of oxygen cylinders. We have mapped the stores providing oxygen and keeping a tab on the requirements. We have already supplied oxygen to at least 12 families in the past three days,” said an officer. The Entally police, on the other hand, is trying to arrange beds for people after tying up with a few local nursing homes.

Source: Times of India

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