New Delhi, May 3: In the wake of the latest Covid-19 surge that has left India grappling for medical oxygen and other essentials to save lives, Indian-Americans are gearing up to help the country overcome the pandemic. The Sewa International on Monday has sent 2,184 oxygen concentrators and other emergency medical supplies to India. Further it is also providing food and medicines to about 10,000 families and more than 1,000 orphanages, and senior citizen centers across the country.
Sewa is working on procuring more from multiple suppliers around the world to ease oxygen shortage caused by the surging numbers of Covid-19 cases in India. The organisation said it has started the “Help India Defeat Covid-19” campaign to ship oxygen concentrators to Indian hospitals.
Gitesh Desai, Sewa’s spokesperson in Houston, said, “Sewa International is humbled by outpouring of donations and support from Indian-American community across the United States. Sewa raised more than USD 1.5 million indicating Indian-Americans feel the pain and suffering of their brothers and sisters in India, and are concerned for their well-being during the catastrophic crisis created by Covid-19 pandemic.”
“Sewa is getting a great response from thousands of donors and expressing a deep desire to help India overcome this crisis. We thank them for their generous and timely contribution,” said Arun Kankani, president of Sewa International.
Swadesh Katoch, Sewa’s vice president for Disaster Recovery, said, “Sewa volunteers are working on building a Digital Helpdesk to provide critical information on ambulance services, hospital bed availability, and blood and medicinal supplies to people. We need not despair as India has many resources, but we can still help people win their fight against Covid-19. I request all to stay positive and do the needful.”