Free ambulance service, online consultations: City NGOs resume COVID-19 services again

During the first wave, the rising number of COVID-19 cases had put a strain on the state's healthcare infrastructure, including testing facilities, hospital beds, and ambulance services, due to which both COVID and non-COVID patients were suffering.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  13 April 2021 3:00 AM GMT
Free ambulance service, online consultations: City NGOs resume COVID-19 services again

Hyderabad: City-based NGO Helping Hand Foundation had set up help desks at various hospitals following the outbreak of COVID-19 to supply oxygen cylinders to COVID-positive patients who were under home isolation and to provide telemedicine services. Now, amid the second wave of COVID-19 when the cases are increasing in the city, NGOs have again come to help the needy.

HHF resumes ambulance service

During the first wave, the rising number of COVID-19 cases had put a strain on the state's healthcare infrastructure, including testing facilities, hospital beds, and ambulance services, due to which both COVID and non-COVID patients were suffering.

"Our organization helped treat over 8,500 COVID-19 cases treated in the first wave with 97 per cent success rate. We are again starting our service following the second wave," said Mujtaba Hasan Askari, the founder of Helping Hand Foundation.

The organization has started online doctor consultations round-the-clock and home delivery of oxygen cylinders, pulse oximeters, and medicines. It has also started ambulance support for emergencies and funerals for needy persons.

Also, due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, many hospitals are discouraging non-COVID patients from visiting hospitals. For these people, HHF has started nursing on-call services to monitor vitals and injectables on a case-to case basis.

To avail these services, HHF has asked the citizens in need to contact their helpline 8790679505 and 7893191193.

Last rite service

Feed the Needy, a charitable organization based in Hyderabad, helping people perform the last rites of their loved ones. It has also launched ambulance service for free between 8 a.m and 6 p.m. People can reach them on their helpline number 7995404040.

Meanwhile, Telangana reported 2,251 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday taking the overall tally to 3,29,529 in the state. It also reported six new deaths on 11 April taking the total death toll to 1,765. The fatality rate in the state is 0.54 per cent which is less than the national average of 1.3 per cent.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area on Sunday reported 355 new cases. The neighbouring Rangareddy district reported 200 new cases, while Medchal Malkajgiri reported 258 and Sangareddy 132 new cases.


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