It is said that Help can come from an unexpected place and this is what a young businessman from Nagpur has proved right. Ashutosh Punyani, a 24-year-old businessman from Nagpur has been providing all the help for COVID-19 patients, right from making arrangements of the ambulance to bed, oxygen cylinder, or finding a plasma donor.
We all have been affected due to COVID-19 since March and since then the cases are on a constant rise. With thousands being affected with the deadly disease availability of beds, ambulances, oxygen cylinders, and finding a suitable plasma donor is really a daunting task.
A social help group â€˜Help For Goodâ€™ formed to help citizens of Nagpurians to get all the facilities that are required for COVID-19 affected patients are being provided by the members.
â€œThe idea of forming a social group came when we had to face difficulty in finding the necessary services in the city,â€ Ashutosh said.
â€œMy dad got infected with COVID-19 virus on August 20 and he was having breathing problems but we had faced difficulty in finding an oxygen cylinder supplier at that time but after contacting every supplier we finally managed to find one. As my family got infected with COVID-19, I realized that there are thousands of other families who are finding difficulty to get such services of timeâ€ Ashutosh said.
Soon after I started guiding others in my community in providing help in hospitals, oxygen cylinders, and mental health from Home as I was also tested positive but was asymptomatic. Soon after I thought to provide a helping hand to those in need and face difficulty in finding such services for their loved onesâ€ Ashutosh added.
â€œI contacted my friends, doctors, health agencies that can help us in providing services and thus began a social help group called â€˜Help for Goodâ€™. The first thing we tried to do was to implement lockdown in Nagpur as the cases were on a surge but were unsuccessful so we began contacting different healthcare service providers, hospitals, testing centers, and prepared a list of all the numbersâ€ Ashutosh informed.
Since then we have managed to help 132 people in providing different services in finding hospitals, blood, plasma, ambulance, testing centers, food, and many more.
We have also been helping people in getting food as we contacted with food supplier Sadi Rasoi which gives customized food especially for COVID-19 patients as per the doctorâ€™s prescription,
We have made different departments and given to each member so that people can contact the concerned person to avail of information. The departments we have are Hospital, Plasma, Oxygen, Blood, Doctors Consultation.
We have been given free of cost service to the people of Nagpur as to make our city safe from the deadly virus and help the one in need our team of doctors also provide a free consultation to the patients.
Dr Sameer Kedar, Siddarth Panchmatia, Shruti Bhoyar, Juhi Sethi, Malvikar Trivedi, Disha Khandewal, Palakk Surana and Yash Bajaj are the founding members who have been working constantly in providing services to the people of Nagpur to fight with the deadly virus.
We have helped 30 plus people with plasma and on October 4 our group along with the Hindu Yuva force we are organizing a blood donation camp at Jaripatka. Our aim is to collect maximum plasma from the recovered patients which can be used for the treatment of the affected one.
Here are the important numbers that can be contacted to avail help
Hospitalization Department- Gagan 8396977777, Juhi Sethi 9075438590
Plasma- Dr Akshata Sharma 9552260200
Testing Department- RTPCR/ Antigen/ Blood Test- Ashutosh-8408000032