SRINAGAR: A non-government organisation Athrout has distributed oxygen concentrators to various credible NGOs working across Jammu and Kashmir to bolster collaborative efforts to combat the pandemic by augmenting/supporting the NGOs facing a paucity of essential resources and also ensure that people living in far-flung areas are benefitted.
“At an event organized at its Head office in Nawakadal Srinagar, the philanthropic organization distributed fifty oxygen concentrators to 22 NGOs working in different parts of Jammu and Kashmir including Karnah, Dras, Doda,” said the statement issued by Athrout.
The statement said that it may be recalled that Athrout has been working on a war footing basis since the outbreak of the pandemic in the month of March. Along with providing food kits, medicine to hundreds of poor families and dignity kits to women, Kashmir Athrout, has also provided medical equipment to hospitals which include ventilators, PPE(personal protective equipment), sanitizers and masks during the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic.
The chairman Athrout, Bashir Nadwi ,while speaking on the occasion said that Athrout is one of the first NGO’s to distribute PPE kits & N95 mask to hospitals in order to complement the government efforts aimed to fight the pandemic.
He added that the organization has distributed 6 ventilators to SKIMS, 6000 PPE kits, 7000 N95, 30000 surgical masks, 10,000 Face shields, 5000 Food Kits to the needy and
“Medicine to over 1500 families in the past 7 months. Besides this, Athrout has innovated Hazmat Kit from locally sourced materials for our frontline warriors to protect them from the virus and also conducted massive awareness campaign across all districts of Kashmir through public address system to sensitize masses about the importance of adhering to SOP’s – wearing masks, maintaining social distance and hand hygiene,” the statement said.
He further said that the “Doctor On Call” service started by Athrout in April following the closure of the OPDs in hospitals has benefited thousands of patients. So far over 3500 patients were benefited through teleconsultation with reputed and specialist doctors and this service continues to be the biggest free mental help line supported by the IMHANS(Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences), the chairman informed.
The event was attended by heads and other members from these NGOs.They thanked Athrout for the noble cause to help the needy and also appreciated the joint efforts being started by Athrout to fight the pandemic. Rasheed Gul, chairman Syed Us Sadat Foundation expressed sincere gratitude to Athrout for providing much-needed oxygen concentrators. He also appreciated Athrout for initiating coordinated efforts to fight the unprecedented situation created by the pandemic, said the statement.