Telangana is witnessing a huge spike in COVD 19 cases with more and more people requiring hospitalization.
Amid this, several messages containing phone numbers of oxygen suppliers are going viral. "Contact numbers of Oxygen cylinder suppliers in Hyderabad," reads one viral message.
Newsmeter also received this list to debunk.
The claim that the list shows the contact numbers of Oxygen cylinder suppliers in Hyderabad is partially true.
When called, many contact numbers in the list did not pick up the call. Many of the numbers are pooled from all around the country, NOT just Hyderabad.
Few numbers like Liyaqath Oxygen are genuine and do supply machines for oxygen but right now he has no stock. Oxygen Cylinders - 9820420651 is from Mumbai, he works for NGO, NOT in Hyderabad.
9100100009 does not supply oxygen cylinders and has requested to remove his number from the list. Most of the other contact numbers are not taking the calls.
Here are articles that give some phone numbers of NGOs working for the needy.
There are other ways to acquire Oxygen cylinders as suggested by an article published in zeenews.com:
1. You can take a look at Apollo homecare. You can enquire for purchase or for rent by providing your name, phone number, email id, and city. Currently, this service is available in Delhi (NCR), Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mysuru, Madurai, Bhubaneswar, and Pune.
2. You can also buy it online at Amazon and Flipkart.
3. You can also buy or rent a 5-liter and 10-liter Oxygen cylinder at Portea.
4. You can also check at https://www.air6.in.
Even the doctor's list in circulation on social media is NOT a functional list. Here is the thread.
Therefore, the claim that the list shows the contact numbers of Oxygen cylinder suppliers in Hyderabad is PARTIALLY TRUE. So, please use discretion and DO NOT forward messages without cross-checking.