The Gems and Jewellery National Relief Foundation has launched a second large-scale relief campaign to aid hospitals as Covid-19’s second wave sweeps India.
The organisation, supported by gem and stakeholders across India, had previously held a relief campaign in 2020 during the first wave to aid hospitals. Due to the devastating effects of the ongoing second wave, the GJNRF has restarted operations
“Last year, the majority of the work that was done included food distribution and taking care of the artisans and migrant workers,” said GJNRF chairman Sanjay Kothari.
“But this year the requirement is totally different. In the health care segment, there is an urgent need for oximeters, oxygen, concentration machines and ventilators. Hospital facilities and medicines are more important rather than the food. So, we are in the process of supplying ventilators and concentrated oxygen machines to several hospitals and organisations.”
The GJNRF is currently supporting two covid centres in Mumbai in Vile Parle and the Jain International Trade Organization. Due to the acute oxygen shortages and overcrowding, the GJNRF is focusing on aiding hospitals. The organisation has so far committed Rs 2 crore ($301,000). The GJNRF also supporting a Covid hospital in Dharampur, Gujarat, which is being inaugurated on April 25.
“If we are supplying machines to a temporarily set-up Covid centre, it is given with the condition that the machines will be returned to us so that we can donate to other hospitals later on,” said Kothari about their machine distribution.
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