Masihuzzama Ansari | India Tomorrow
NEW DELHI—A 40-year-old civil contractor is winning hearts for setting up an oxygen plant at Bahraichh Medical College to save the lives of COVID patients.
Sarwar Ali and his friends pooled money from their pockets to raise funds for the plant. Hailing from Salargunj, Sarwar works as a contractor in the Electricity Department at Bahraich.
“People were very much worried because there was no oxygen supply. There was a huge gap between demand and supply. People were dying for want of oxygen. Therefore, we decided to set up an oxygen plant,” he said.
Pained by the sufferings, Sarwar contacted his friends and pitched an idea to set up an oxygen plant for the COVID patients. After detailed discussions, it was decided that they will contribute from their pockets and set up the oxygen plant at the Medical College so that the patients could get benefitted. Within few days, Sarwar and his friends raised Rs 16 lakh for the plant.
“We raised Rs 16 lakh with the help of friends. We contacted a Gurgaon-based company for installing the plant. On Monday our efforts yielded results when the plant was finally installed at the Medical College. From 9 pm on Monday, patients started getting regular oxygen supply,” he said.
The plant provides oxygen to 23 beds in the hospital. “This plant is not big enough to cater to the entire city. But it will definitely help those patients who need it during an emergency,” he said.
Sarwar said the local district administration helped him a lot in transporting and installing the plant. “District magistrate Saurabh Kumar played a key role and helped us a lot. It was because of him that the work was done without any hassles. Joint magistrate too helped us in this endeavour,” he said.
It is not the first time when Sarwar has come to the rescue of people. He has been at the forefront in providing relief to the poor and needy. Last year during lockdown, he and his friends distributed 17,000 ration kits to needy people.