Ukhrul: At a time when the health system of the country, including Manipur, is under immense pressure amid the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, the act of a few good Samaritans is winning the hearts of people.
Residents of Ukhrul in Manipur have managed to raise Rs 5 lakh in 24 hours through crowd-funding to procure oxygen concentrators for Ukhrul District Hospital in its fight against the coronavirus.
The crowdfunding initiative, which was undertaken through social media, received an overwhelming response to the fervent call from the community residing in the district and elsewhere in the country.
The youngest among the cheerful contributors is an eight-year-old girl Iza Ringsara Pheiray, daughter of Tennoson Pheiray and Chonchuirinmayo Luithui Pheiray of Phungcham village.
“I felt sorry and sad for the patients. And if many people contributed just as I did, it would become a huge amount,” she said to her parents.
According to Iza’s father Tennoson Pheiray, the community is planning to purchase at least five oxygen concentrators and they have already ordered three from the amount received on Thursday.
He further informed that since the district COVID-19 care centre at Transit Quarter is functioning without a power backup, the team is also planning to utilise the remaining amount for purchasing a power generator.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, MLA Alfred Kanngam Arthur also donated 15 oxygen concentrators to the health department of Ukhrul district.
At present, the district has altogether 23 oxygen concentrators, eight each at Ukhrul District Hospital and COVID-19 care center at Transit Quarter and one each at CHC Somdal, PHC Talui, PHC Talui, PHC Teinem, PHC Lambui and PHC Jessami, as per the district health department.
Also, there are 18 D-type oxygen cylinders and 25 B-type oxygen cylinders available at the district hospital, it said.
However, unfortunately, the district hospital is functioning without a physician and anaesthetist, hampering the normal functioning of the hospital.
On Thursday, eight more cases were found to be positive for COVID-19, taking the total active cases in the district to 123.
More than 10 COVID-19 patients in Ukhrul are on high-flow oxygen support, as per the district health department.