A Muslim driver in India’s Bhopal city has converted his rickshaw into an ambulance to provide free of cost service to coronavirus patients.
Talking to Times of India, Javed Khan, who has been driving for three years, said, he was highly moved by the rising number of coronavirus cases even though his family members were safe from the viral infection.
The 34-year-old said that his family had a great role in encouraging him to turn his vehicle into an ambulance equipped with sanitizer, medicines and oxygen cylinder. He said his wife gave her gold necklace for refilling oxygen cylinder, which cost 600 Indian rupees per day. He said getting oxygen was not an easy task as he had to wait for 4 to 5 hours for the refill. So far, he has helped 10 people to reach hospital.
On the flip side, another Muslim man Shahnawaz Sheikh has become an ‘Oxygen Man’ for the hopeless people in India’s most populous city, Mumbai. When hospitals are running out of supply of oxygen, Shahnawaz Sheikh is arranging the oxygen cylinders with the help of donors and philanthropists.
The 32-year-old had started this work after his friend’s wife died of coronavirus in the first wave last year. Since then he has sold his SUV car, gold and other valuable items to make arrangements for the needy, while his business is also slow due to the impact of the pandemic. He repairs houses and works as interior designer.
India on Friday registered more than 386,000 coronavirus cases and 3,498 deaths in the biggest single-day spike so far since the pandemic began.