Jeevan Jyot Pratishthan provides medical support to over 15,000 Covid-19 patients in Mumbai as the second wave of Covid-19 engulfs the city
Mumbai: As the Covid-19 second-wave sweeps over Mumbai, Jeevan Jyot Pratishthan, a non-profit organisation established by social activist and Corporator Murji Patel has been working tirelessly to provide aide and support to patients afflicted with this lethal virus. Operating 24×7 through their war rooms created especially to provide information related to any COVID-19 queries, they have supported over 15,000 patients as the city grapples with this deadly scourge. The NGO has over 300 portable oxygen machines which they are providing on a rotational basis to home quarantined patient for use till they recover. Their oxygen machines have helped save lives of 100 critical people so far. They also helped over 15000 elderly and underprivileged citizens get vaccinated by providing free rickshaw transportation and registration service.
The pratishthan is running their free ambulance service for Covid-19 patients and have also hired the services of over 150 local autorickshaws to ferry patients to nearby hospitals in Andheri (E) area of Mumbai.
Speaking about these initiatives, Mr. Murji Patel, President- Jeevan Jyot Pratishthan said, “It was heart-breaking for me to see my city struggle as the Covid-19 epidemic raged on. At Jeevan Jyot Pratishthan our endeavour has always been to help the needy and marginalized communities and we have been working tirelessly to provide support to them since the Covid-19 pandemic started last year. This year too as the second-wave of Covid-19 hit our teams worked round-the-clock through our 24×7 helpline numbers to guide the locals and connect them to the relevant resources. We provided patients with portable oxygen machines, started a free ambulance service, helped the elderly community members get vaccinated and also sanitized containment zones and surrounding areas to help stop the spread of the virus. We consider it be our responsibility to support our city, state and the nation in such trying times and we will continue to play our part by providing the best possible support to all the people who are in need to battle against the novel corona virus.”
During the first wave of COVID the NGO had distributed over 1.5 Lakh masks, provided immunity booster homeopathy medication to 50,000 families, and had been serving meals for 4,000 lower income families members daily for 3 months. Additionally they have also distributed over 25,000 meal kits. Currently, they are providing emergency kits to housing societies so they can help COVID patients in their societies. This kit includes a wheelchair, portable oxygen concentrator machine, temperature gun and an pulse oximeter to extend their support to fight against COVID-19.
The NGO also has a team of 50 people dedicated only to sanitize the densely populated areas, containment zones in their locality including buses, B.E.S.T. depots, post office, slum rehabilitation authority (SRA) buildings, and private housing societies and chawls.
Since its inception in 2006, Jeevan Jyot Prathishtan has been supporting multiple social causes including initiating self-help and microfinance groups for women living in the slum pockets of Mumbai and offering vocational training to give these underprivileged women entrepreneurial opportunities.