Delhi man turns his EcoSport into emergency vehicle to help Covid-19 patients

Necessity is the mother of all inventions and where there is a will, there is a way. These may have been what prompted a Delhi man to convert his Ford EcoSport sub-compact SUV into a make-shift medical emergency vehicle, complete with oxygen cylinders, medicines, oximeter, food, water, and oxygen cans.

Photo courtesy: ANI
Photo courtesy: ANI

News agency ANI reported that Nagia, an employee of an IT company based in Noida, began helping Covid-19 patients a month. "It started in April. I was helping one of my neighbours as they needed oxygen. There was no oxygen cylinder available in the market at that time. Somehow, we arranged an oxygen cylinder from a Gurudwara in Rajouri Garden," he said.

Since then, Nagia has managed to come to the aid of several other people. "I am trying to help people in need by providing a variety of help and support. I have converted my car into an ambulance," he says, adding that his car has transported 23 Covid-19 patients so far.

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The entire idea for equipping his vehicle with these medical equipment came in the backdrop of a massive shortage in oxygen cylinders in Delhi and other parts of the country as the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic continued to peak towards end March and through April. The healthcare infrastructure has been under tremendous strain and getting an ambulance wasn't a surety.

Nagia says that he decided to put his car to the use and that the expenses for it is from his own income. "I have spent almost a month mostly in my car, away from my family and kids just to serve people who are facing issues," he said.

Now that positive cases are coming down in Delhi - the city reported under 1,000 fresh cases on Sunday, Nagia says he is also supplying drinking water and food to those who may need these.

First Published Date: 31 May 2021, 08:21 AM IST
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