Mumbai:The BCCI on Monday announced that it will distribute 2000 oxygen concentrators of 10 litres each to various medical organisations across India in order to boost country's efforts in overcoming the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
The second wave of the deadly coronavirus has caused unprecedented health crisis with thousands losing their lives. The healthcare infrastructure is overburdened and the demands for medical equipment and life-saving oxygen has also gone up in the country.
"Over the next few months, the Board will distribute the concentrators across India with the hope that critical medical aid and care will be provided to the needy patients and this initiative will reduce the havoc unleashed by the pandemic," the BCCI said in a statement.
During the first wave, the BCCI had contributed Rs 51 crore to the PM Cares fund last year.
"The BCCI acknowledges the stellar role the medical and healthcare community has played and continues to play as we fight this long battle against the virus. They have truly been frontline warriors and have done whatever possible to shield us," BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said.
"The Board has always put health and safety at the top of the chart and remains committed to the cause. The oxygen concentrators will provide immediate relief to those affected and will help in their speedy recovery," he added.
Meanwhile, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said that the board's contribution could help bridge the gap between demand and supply of oxygen.
"The BCCI understands the desperate need for medical equipment in this hour of crisis and hopes this effort will help in narrowing the demand-supply gap that has generated across the country," Shah said.
"We have all gone through a lot but I am confident that we can stay ahead of the curve now that the vaccination drive is underway. I urge everyone eligible to get vaccinated," he added.
Treasurer Arun Dhumal said that it's heartening to see everyone coming together and doing their bit in this unprecedented times.
"In times of crisis, the cricketing community has always come forward to lend support. It is heartening to see everyone coming together and doing their bit," Dhumal said.
"The BCCI remains steadfast in its efforts towards social responsibility and will always be working closely with central and state governments to help them in their efforts to curb the spread of the virus.
We believe these oxygen concentrators will boost healthcare infrastructure and be vital in providing critical oxygen when levels deplete rapidly," he added.
Krunal, Hardik send new batch of oxygen concentrators to Covid-19 centres
Indian cricket's Pandya brothers - Hardik and Krunal on Monday dispatched the new batch of oxygen concentrators to Covid centres dealing with the unprecedented health crisis, in order to help India fight against the deadly virus.
Elder brother Krunal took to Twitter to share the information about the development.'This new batch of Oxygen Concentrators are being dispatched to Covid centres with prayers in our hearts for everyones speedy recovery,” tweeted Krunal, along with a picture.
Hardik also took to social media and said that the battle against the COVID-19 can be won only by working together.'We're in the middle of a tough battle that we can win by working together,' said Hardik.
Earlier this month, Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik had announced that his entire family, including brother Krunal, would donate 200 oxygen concentrators to to the rural parts of India in order to aid the fight against the raging pandemic.
India reported 2,22,315 new cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the lowest since April 16 last month, taking the infection tally to 2,67,52,447, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.(UNI)