A Bengaluru based non-profit organization launched O2forIndia initiative to serve free oxygen concentrators to those in need with unicorn Ola and GiveIndia.
When asked Ola said the service will start in Bengaluru with initially 500 oxygen concentrators this week and it will be scaled up to 10,000 across the country in the coming weeks.
The Chairman and Group CEO, Bhavish Aggarwal said “We must come together and help our community who need it in this difficult and uncertain time. We hope our initiative with GiveIndia brings support during these very difficult times and helps in mitigating the pain and anxiety among those impacted”
On how users can order oxygen concentrators Bhavish said “ People will be able to place a request from OLA App by providing basic details.Once the request is placed, one of Ola’s cab drivers will pick up the oxygen concentrators and deliver it to those in need and pick it up once they no longer need it. The concentrator and transportation are both free”
“Through this initiative, we will provide oxygen concentrators to those recovering or isolating at home, right at their doorstep. We hope the easier access to oxygen will ease the distress of many patients,” Atul Satija, CEO and Founder 2.0 at GiveIndia, said.
The second wave of COVID-19 has seen Indian citizens gasping for air. With constantly rising cases, hospitals in cities like Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, and others have been facing a shortage of oxygen concentrators. And People have taken to social media like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp to seek help.
In the last couple of weeks, many startups have also started offering COVID-related help. While fintech giant Paytm launched COVID-19 vaccine finder to help users track slot availability real-time and organised a fundraiser to donate oxygen concentrators, Cred partnered with a fundraising platform to distribute oxygen across the country.