Delhi-based NGO Wishes and Blessings has launched the WB Ambulances project in partnership with the Delhi government to provide aid to underprivileged COVID-19 patients.
“The ambulance provides free of cost transportation to hospitals, quarantine centers, treatment facilities, and back to their home. The vehicles are also being used to hold COVID-19 tests in containment areas,” informs Founder Getanjali Chopra.
The ambulance is operational for 12 hours a day for all seven days. After successfully running the project on a trial basis with one ambulance, the organization is set to add six vehicles to the fleet in August. People can access the ambulance helpline number 102 for assistance.
The vehicles are equipped with the necessary medical supplies and the staff has undergone intensive training.
Wishes and Blessings have been on the frontline of providing COVID relief across Delhi-NCR, Assam, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal from the Day 1 of the lockdown.
“While doing the relief work in Delhi/NCR, the team realized that there was an acute shortage of medical transportation facilities, and many patients who were suspected of being COVID-19 positive could not access testing centers,” adds Chopra.
The project was launched on July 1. In the first week of operations itself, the organization provided transportation to 35 patients and carried out tests for 20 beneficiaries.
(with inputs from NewIndianExpress)