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Oxygen concentrators provided by Gurudwara Singh Sabha reach Kochi

Members of the Gurudwara Singh Sabha (Pic: Courtesy newindianexpress.com)

The second wave of Covid-19 pandemic has led to shortage of healthcare facilities like oxygen beds in hospitals across the county. Many patients in critical condition are being turned away from the hospitals due to lack of beds or oxygen.

Bringing relief to at least some such patients is the Kochi-based Gurudwara Singh Sabha which in association with Khalsa Aid International, a UK-based non-profit humanitarian organisation, will help the needy by providing them the critically required oxygen concentrators.

Other organisations such as Radha Soami Satsang Beas are also pitching in to combat Covid-19, as part of growing trend of religion based mass organisations, without discrimination joining the war against the deadly coronavirus.

Also read: Radha Soami Satsang Beas teams up with ITBP to care for Covid patients

The Gurudwara's link-up with the Covid-19 fight is part of a trend when volunteers from service oriented religious organisations are playing an increasingly important role in India to combat the virus.

Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB), a spiritual organization based on the teachings of all religions, has joined the nation’s fight against the deadly pandemic by making another 33 of its centres in various cities in the country available for setting up facilities to treat Covid patients.

The centres are located in states such as Punjab Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. It has already thrown open its facility in Delhi for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.

In the national capital, RSSB has teamed up with the paramilitary Indo-Tibetan Border Policy (ITBP) to care for the Covid infected. The Hindustan Times is reporting that RSSB volunteers are helping the ITBP at the sprawling Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Covid Care Centre (SPCCC) at Chhawla in western Delhi.

The RSSB volunteers have been working round-the-clock and tirelessly to provide free meals to not just the patients but also the doctors, paramedics, healthcare workers, ITBP personnel at the facility and the frontline workers, the Hindustan Times had earlier reported.