Muslim, Sikh and Christian NGOs stand out in service of Covid victims

By Abdul Bari Masoud

The country has seen that PM Modi and his ideological group (RSS) have been missing in action to mitigate sufferings of people devastated by the second wave of covid pandemic. However, it is the civil society groups which did not forget their sense of duty in this hour of grave human crisis. They stepped forward to meet the needs of the moment. What’s the most striking is that many of these groups are run by volunteers belonging to Muslim, Sikh and Christian communities who are often at the receiving end of verbal abuse and violent attack from the Hindutva forces.

Ignoring all these scorns, Muslim, Sikh and Christian groups went from serving food in a war zone to procuring oxygen concentrators and setting up covid-care facilities and field hospitals.  They are in the forefront in battle against Covid. Besides these groups, there are small time good Samaritans who are also leaving a big mark by their act of generosity.

They become a glimmer of hope for those who are in distress. For example, the Medical Service Society (MSS), Human Welfare Trust (HWT) and Human Welfare Foundation have jointly initiated projects to facilitate medical centers and COVID care centers across the country.  Medical Service Society, another partnering organization of “Vision 2026” is offering free COVID care services in various states. Nagpur COVID Centre with 70 bed capacity in Maharashtra has till now successfully treated 630 patients. The Free Telephonic Counselling service run by MSS receives on an average 50 to 60 calls daily and has provided consultation to more than 300 patients.

A O Nasar, director Alshifa Hospital told Muslim Mirror that a 50-bedded Covid Field Hospital was setup at Scholar School in Jamia Nagar Okhla in Delhi which is equipped with 100 oxygen cylinders, 10 oxygen concentrators, nebulization facilities, separate wards for positive patients, men and women without symptoms, nursing staff and regular three course meals for patients. In addition, a 24-hour ambulance service with oxygen facilities is available to transport the critically ill to other Covid hospitals.

Al-Shifa Hospital run by HWT under Vision 2026 is presently having 40 beds exclusively for Covid treatment with ICU and ventilator facilities.

The hospital running since 2011 in Jamia Nagar has also installed a medical oxygen generation plant and construction of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) tank of 10,000 liters capacity at its premises.

 Alshifa conducted 1400 COVID tests, vaccinated 2400 people and treated more than 100 COVID patients in April. It also provides ambulance services in the Delhi region for the poor and needy COVID patients.

He said all services at Field Hospital, including treatment and meals, are provided free to all patients and a 30-member medical team consisting of experienced doctors and paramedical staff is looking after the patients.

In response to a question, Nasar said we are not getting any funds from the government but some NGO have agreed to support us as furniture and some equipment are given by Aster volunteers and foods are provided by Leela Palace Hotel.

 While a mosque in Bangalore has been turned into a 38-bed Covid Care Centre by its management and opened its portals for treatment for Covid-afflicted patients regardless of religion and caste. The Eidgah Masjid located centrally in 4th Block of Jayanagar, a colony with almost half a million residents.

In Ahmadabad a madrasa has set up a covid center in its premises as Gujarat witnessed total collapse of its health care system exposing the so-called “Gujarat Model”to the whole world.

Another glimmer of hope in the sea of human tragedies is provided by the Sikh community whose members are known for the welfare activities.

By Abdul Bari Masoud

The country has seen that PM Modi and his ideological group (RSS) have been missing in action to mitigate sufferings of people devastated by the second wave of covid pandemic. However, it is the civil society groups which did not forget their sense of duty in this hour of grave human crisis. They stepped forward to meet the needs of the moment. What’s the most striking is that many of these groups are run by volunteers belonging to Muslim, Sikh and Christian communities who are often at the receiving end of verbal abuse and violent attack from the Hindutva forces.

Ignoring all these scorns, Muslim, Sikh and Christian groups went from serving food in a war zone to procuring oxygen concentrators and setting up covid-care facilities and field hospitals.  They are in the forefront in battle against Covid. Besides these groups, there are small time good Samaritans who are also leaving a big mark by their act of generosity.

They become a glimmer of hope for those who are in distress. For example, the Medical Service Society (MSS), Human Welfare Trust (HWT) and Human Welfare Foundation have jointly initiated projects to facilitate medical centers and COVID care centers across the country.  Medical Service Society, another partnering organization of “Vision 2026” is offering free COVID care services in various states. Nagpur COVID Centre with 70 bed capacity in Maharashtra has till now successfully treated 630 patients. The Free Telephonic Counselling service run by MSS receives on an average 50 to 60 calls daily and has provided consultation to more than 300 patients.

A O Nasar, director Alshifa Hospital told Muslim Mirror that a 50-bedded Covid Field Hospital was setup at Scholar School in Jamia Nagar Okhla in Delhi which is equipped with 100 oxygen cylinders, 10 oxygen concentrators, nebulization facilities, separate wards for positive patients, men and women without symptoms, nursing staff and regular three course meals for patients. In addition, a 24-hour ambulance service with oxygen facilities is available to transport the critically ill to other Covid hospitals.

Al-Shifa Hospital run by HWT under Vision 2026 is presently having 40 beds exclusively for Covid treatment with ICU and ventilator facilities.

The hospital running since 2011 in Jamia Nagar has also installed a medical oxygen generation plant and construction of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) tank of 10,000 liters capacity at its premises.

 Alshifa conducted 1400 COVID tests, vaccinated 2400 people and treated more than 100 COVID patients in April. It also provides ambulance services in the Delhi region for the poor and needy COVID patients.

He said all services at Field Hospital, including treatment and meals, are provided free to all patients and a 30-member medical team consisting of experienced doctors and paramedical staff is looking after the patients.

In response to a question, Nasar said we are not getting any funds from the government but some NGO have agreed to support us as furniture and some equipment are given by Aster volunteers and foods are provided by Leela Palace Hotel.

 While a mosque in Bangalore has been turned into a 38-bed Covid Care Centre by its management and opened its portals for treatment for Covid-afflicted patients regardless of religion and caste. The Eidgah Masjid located centrally in 4th Block of Jayanagar, a colony with almost half a million residents.

In Ahmadabad a madrasa has set up a covid center in its premises as Gujarat witnessed total collapse of its health care system exposing the so-called “Gujarat Model”to the whole world.

Another glimmer of hope in the sea of human tragedies is provided by the Sikh community whose members are known for the welfare activities.

By Abdul Bari Masoud

The country has seen that PM Modi and his ideological group (RSS) have been missing in action to mitigate sufferings of people devastated by the second wave of covid pandemic. However, it is the civil society groups which did not forget their sense of duty in this hour of grave human crisis. They stepped forward to meet the needs of the moment. What’s the most striking is that many of these groups are run by volunteers belonging to Muslim, Sikh and Christian communities who are often at the receiving end of verbal abuse and violent attack from the Hindutva forces.

Ignoring all these scorns, Muslim, Sikh and Christian groups went from serving food in a war zone to procuring oxygen concentrators and setting up covid-care facilities and field hospitals.  They are in the forefront in battle against Covid. Besides these groups, there are small time good Samaritans who are also leaving a big mark by their act of generosity.

They become a glimmer of hope for those who are in distress. For example, the Medical Service Society (MSS), Human Welfare Trust (HWT) and Human Welfare Foundation have jointly initiated projects to facilitate medical centers and COVID care centers across the country.  Medical Service Society, another partnering organization of “Vision 2026” is offering free COVID care services in various states. Nagpur COVID Centre with 70 bed capacity in Maharashtra has till now successfully treated 630 patients. The Free Telephonic Counselling service run by MSS receives on an average 50 to 60 calls daily and has provided consultation to more than 300 patients.

A O Nasar, director Alshifa Hospital told Muslim Mirror that a 50-bedded Covid Field Hospital was setup at Scholar School in Jamia Nagar Okhla in Delhi which is equipped with 100 oxygen cylinders, 10 oxygen concentrators, nebulization facilities, separate wards for positive patients, men and women without symptoms, nursing staff and regular three course meals for patients. In addition, a 24-hour ambulance service with oxygen facilities is available to transport the critically ill to other Covid hospitals.

Al-Shifa Hospital run by HWT under Vision 2026 is presently having 40 beds exclusively for Covid treatment with ICU and ventilator facilities.

The hospital running since 2011 in Jamia Nagar has also installed a medical oxygen generation plant and construction of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) tank of 10,000 liters capacity at its premises.

 Alshifa conducted 1400 COVID tests, vaccinated 2400 people and treated more than 100 COVID patients in April. It also provides ambulance services in the Delhi region for the poor and needy COVID patients.

He said all services at Field Hospital, including treatment and meals, are provided free to all patients and a 30-member medical team consisting of experienced doctors and paramedical staff is looking after the patients.

In response to a question, Nasar said we are not getting any funds from the government but some NGO have agreed to support us as furniture and some equipment are given by Aster volunteers and foods are provided by Leela Palace Hotel.

 While a mosque in Bangalore has been turned into a 38-bed Covid Care Centre by its management and opened its portals for treatment for Covid-afflicted patients regardless of religion and caste. The Eidgah Masjid located centrally in 4th Block of Jayanagar, a colony with almost half a million residents.

In Ahmadabad a madrasa has set up a covid center in its premises as Gujarat witnessed total collapse of its health care system exposing the so-called “Gujarat Model”to the whole world.

Another glimmer of hope in the sea of human tragedies is provided by the Sikh community whose members are known for the welfare activities.

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