Delhi into Covid19 Tsunami, sys­tems col­lapse, Sikhs’ Sewa round the clock

To­day is the Joti-Jot Purab -the an­niver­sary of the pass­ing away of the Eighth Mas­ter -Guru Harkr­is­han Sahib -the...

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To­day is the Joti-Jot Purab -the an­niver­sary of the pass­ing away of the Eighth Mas­ter -Guru Harkr­is­han Sahib -the child Guru, who passed away serv­ing hu­man­ity and in whose mem­ory stands in the heart of Delhi -Gur­d­wara Bangla Sahib. World Sikh News joins the suf­fer­ing hu­man­ity in prayer to Akalpu­rakh to al­le­vi­ate the sit­u­a­tion and give strength to the Sikhs to do Sewa with the same zeal and en­thu­si­asm as the Eighth Mas­ter treated pa­tients of small­pox and cholera. Gurmeet Singh of WS­N’s Delhi Desk re­views the sit­u­a­tion in the cap­i­tal of In­dia and how Sikhs there are re­spond­ing to it in the true spirit of Sikhism.

DELHI IS BURN­ING, NOT BE­CAUSE of the sum­mer heat but be­cause of the pyres of Covid19 pa­tients who have suc­cumbed to the deadly virus. 348 peo­ple died yes­ter­day in Delhi, there were 92029 ac­tive and crit­i­cal cases, in­creas­ing at an av­er­age rate of 24,000 every day, as per data of In­di­a’s Health Min­istry. This does not take into ac­count those who are self-quar­an­tined and are ar­rang­ing med­ical care on their own...

...Delhi Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal had to first go for a com­plete week­end lock­down and then for a week’s lock­down till 26 April. Health bul­letins pre­dict a peak­ing of the pan­demic with an ex­pec­ta­tion of more than 500,000 cases in a day -the high­est for any coun­try since the pan­demic in April 2020.  Sources in the Delhi ad­min­is­tra­tion say that lock­down is likely to be ex­tended till May end, though, to put up a brave face, it may be ex­tended week by week from to­mor­row.

Gur­d­wara Sri Guru Singh Sabha in In­di­ra­pu­ram, Ghazi­abad is the new mes­siah of the times, which has started “Oxy­gen Lan­gar” for the needy pa­tients, with pa­tients in their cars or on chairs out­side with makeshift cloth head cov­ers to bat­tle the sum­mer heat.

Renowned ho­moeo­pathic doc­tor, Dr Amar­jit Singh Chawla son of Dr Lal lost his life and adding to the woes -his doc­tor son, 32-year-old Dr Gur­shabad Singh is ad­mit­ted with the need of oxy­gen in Max Saket.  As we write, Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal Delhi can­di­date and a self­less so­cial ac­tivist Jag­tar Singh Jagga passed away suc­cumb­ing to Covid19 af­ter 10 days in the hos­pi­tal. Ace men­tor, mo­ti­va­tional speaker, life coach and WSN colum­nist Ka­maljit Singh Ahluwalia, is bat­tling for life and is in dire need of a match­ing plasma donor, at the time of writ­ing of this re­port...

...Delhi is chok­ing and the pop­u­la­tion is in tears. Au­thor­i­ties logged 306 deaths on Thurs­day, 249 on Wednes­day, 277 on Tues­day, 240 on Mon­day, 161 on Sun­day, and 167 on Sat­ur­day. This will not get less as the num­ber of Covid pa­tients is in­creas­ing day by day...

...Hos­pi­tals, both pub­lic and pri­vate, do not have beds, there is a scarcity of Oxy­gen and drugs are not avail­able. A num­ber of hos­pi­tals have ap­proached the Delhi High Court to in­ter­vene. Twenty-five peo­ple died yes­ter­day at the Jaipur Golden Hos­pi­tal in Delhi due to a short­age of med­ical oxy­gen. The hos­pi­tal too has ap­proached the Delhi High Court to flag the oxy­gen cri­sis.

So­cial groups, NGOs, Sikh Samar­i­tans and other in­di­vid­u­als have taken up things on their hand and are try­ing to put some re­lief in the cru­cial times.

Gur­d­wara Sri Guru Singh Sabha in In­di­ra­pu­ram, Ghazi­abad is the new mes­siah of the times, which has started “Oxy­gen Lan­gar” for the needy pa­tients, with pa­tients in their cars or on chairs out­side with makeshift cloth head cov­ers to bat­tle the sum­mer heat.

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The fore­ground of the Gur­d­wara and the road lead­ing to it is full of cars full of pa­tients. At­ten­dants are telling the me­dia that they have nowhere to go. Rel­a­tives are run­ning hos­pi­tal beds across Delhi and only if they get some beds and if their pa­tien­t’s oxy­gen sat­u­ra­tion im­proves, they leave for hos­pi­tals. Re­ports con­firm that they have saved the lives of 200 pa­tients at the time of writ­ing.

Khalsa Aid, Hemkunt Foun­da­tion, Akal Pu­rakh Ki Fauj, Kripa 2% Waale, Gur­d­waras in Moti­na­gar, In­di­ra­pu­ram, La­j­pat Na­gar, Delhi South, Pan­thic Saanjh, Sikh Cham­ber of Com­merce, World Sikh Cham­ber of Com­merce and Sikh work­ers in Paschim Vi­har, Ra­jouri Gar­den are all into Sewa. DS­GMC has restarted its Lan­gar and is now fo­cussing on get­ting med­ical equip­ment. Hun­dreds of other un­known self­less work­ers are work­ing round the clock to pro­vide med­ical equip­ment, ad­vice, re­fer­rals to all and sundry. An ex­as­per­ated Man­meet Singh had to re­quest peo­ple not to call him, but send mes­sages, so that he can con­cen­trate on at­tend­ing to pa­tients and rel­a­tives of pa­tients.

As Oxy­gen sup­ply is er­ratic and un­known, for those who are not crit­i­cal, Kirpa 2% Wale -a group of Sikh young­sters have started a ser­vice of neb­u­lis­ers so that some tem­po­rary re­lief can be pro­vided. Oth­ers are dis­trib­ut­ing sim­ple steam­ers. Sani­tiser spray­ing ser­vices have been started in Moti­na­gar and Ma­havir Na­gar area by lo­cal Sikhs who had served last year as well. A Gur­d­wara in Noida is also pro­vid­ing Lan­gar day and night...

...The need and crit­i­cal­ity are vis­i­ble. Many ac­tivists are work­ing as mo­bile help-desks, pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion, ar­rang­ing food and med­i­cine and dis­pers­ing vi­tal in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the avail­abil­ity of med­ical equip­ment, hos­pi­tal beds, med­i­cine, etc...

...So­cial me­dia is all flooded with SOS mes­sages, re­quests for beds, oxy­gen cylin­ders and news of peo­ple dy­ing. Let us all join hands in Prayer and in Sar­bat da Bhala...

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