In today’s critical times, when our miniscule community is battling the deadly Coronavirus, we hear tragic news daily of someone’s loved one passing away due to either lack of timely treatment or lack of availability of hospital beds or worse still, a lack of Oxygen.
Constantly looking out for the welfare of the community, WAPIZ, under the leadership of its CEO and community service stalwart – Anahita Desai, has come up with a project that will literally save lives of our community members. The Project envisaged providing at least one Oxygen concentrator to each of our Baugs and Colonies, for the use of its residents, when urgently needed.
Every day, the media has been lamenting the loss of lives due to the acute shortage of Oxygen. Oxygen Concentrators are in acute short supply and also very costly. With each concentrator being sold for over Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 80,000 and upwards, it is near impossible for a middle-class family to purchase. At some places, concentrators are being given on rent for Rs. 10,000/- a day, which is also a very prohibitive cost. What’s even more scary, is that many of the Oxygen Concentrators available in the market are of questionable quality.
Hence, a lot of research was necessary, various vendors had to be contacted and reliability of the concentrators was checked by consulting doctors. After due diligence, the OXY-MED Oxygen concentrator, a 5LPM which gives 90 +3 oxygen output and weighs 16.5 kgs, was chosen by the WAPIZ team. This is a medical grade concentrator, with its parts made in Germany and Italy. This is also the only concentrator which comes with a 3-year warranty. Because of its unique specifications, it is very difficult to procure these machines.
A young couple, known for their staunch commitment to community service, Karyesh and Sherry Patel put in long days of hard work to first research and identify the right concentrator, and then transport these to Mumbai. They were instrumental also in bringing in donations for buying the concentrators and finally delivering them to 16 colonies all over Mumbai.
WAPIZ has already delivered one Oxygen Concentrator each, to the respective organisations of each of the below mentioned baugs and colonies:
- Cusrow Baug
- Khareghat Colony
- Godrej Baug
- Rustom Baug
- Jer Baug
- Nowroz Baug
- Gamadia Colony
- Zoroastrian Colony
- C J Colony
- Captain Colony
- Contractor Baug
- Khan Estate
- Dadar Parsi Colony
- Bharucha Baug
- Panthaki Baug
- Nirlon Colony, Goregaon
Two Oxygen Concentrators have been kept at the WAPIZ office for community members living outside of Baugs and Colonies, should they need one, in case of an emergency. [Please contact: 8692988896]
WAPIZ has also already placed orders for 6 more concentrators, which are expected to arrive between the 10th and 12th of June, and those will be given to other baugs
This is not the first time WAPIZ has come forward to help our community members during these Covid times. Last year, during the lockdown, there was suddenly a lot of unemployment, especially amongst the financially disadvantaged community members, and it was getting difficult for their families to make ends meet. WAPIZ rose to the occasion and donated 28 brand new Singer sewing machines to deserving Parsis, to help them earn a living from their homes.