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HealthTech Startup ‘Medishala’ Aims To Raise Fund For Providing Oxygen Concentrators To Rural Population

The firm urges to support the poor and needy rural population in these unprecedented hours of crisis.

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Rural MedTech Platform Medishala announces it is aiming to crowdfund as an initiative of ‘Womenia Chakra Foundation’ for buying 300 oxygen concentrators to supply in the hospitals of much-needed rural Bihar. India is currently in the clench of a strong second wave of the deadly COVID-19 with a humongous rise in the per-day cases. 

The startup has urged the citizens to donate for this novel cause at the fund-raiser platform ‘Milaap’, claiming to match each donation to blow up to the total fund-raise for oxygen concentrators.

The oxygen supply has disappeared before our eyes in rural areas of Bihar, bringing the most critical of its COVID-19 patients to a point of no return. People are breathless and we must step up to make a difference. It is our duty, as citizens of this nation, to help people find 'oxygen' - the basic requirement of us humans to stay alive and save the lives of our families.

Goal

The aim is to provide both short-term and long-term solutions to the oxygen crisis in rural Bihar.

Step 1

Provide hospitals with oxygen concentrators and bi-paps that will help those in dire need. These are sources that will not run out and can help more people than oxygen cylinders.

Step 2

As the most immediate need is Oxygen as of now, a ‘Womenia Chakra Foundation’ initiative in association with ‘Campus Varta’, and ‘Medishala’ is raising money to PURCHASE EQUIPMENT TO SET UP AN OXYGEN GENERATING FACILITY IN VARIOUS HOSPITALS. By having their own supply facility in-house, these hospitals would be able to reduce their dependence on external sources of oxygen supply.

An average 5L/10L concentrator which has a lifespan of 18,000 hours and will be on average used for 5 days by a person, will be able to serve around 22,000 people in its lifetime. This will be a more impactful and efficient substitute for oxygen cylinder which requires constant refilling and has multiple logistical challenges.

This is a not-for-profit and charitable initiative, with proceeds going exclusively for the equipment.

The firm urges to support the poor and needy rural population in these unprecedented hours of crisis. 

This has been done in consultation with the local authorities. This oxygen supply system provides oxygen directly to the patient’s ICU bed. It also provides enough oxygen to facilitate refill for thousands of cylinders through a drive-through facility.

An initiative by the ‘Womenia Chakra Foundation’ is running a campaign to raise Rs 1 crore to make sure that it is able to work together to attain the critical ‘Oxygen supplies' and to provide those in dire need, as they fight for their lives.