JOYPURHAT: Joypurhat district police have launched free oxygen services among the patients suffering from corona.
Superintendent of Police of Joypurhat Masum Ahmed Bhuiyan revealed this while launching the noble programme at his office premises on Friday.
“We have started the endeavor with eight cylinders in the preliminary stage and the figure will be increased as soon as possible,” he said.
He said the rate of infection was getting higher every day as the Delta variant, also known as the Indian variant, of the coronavirus has affected the district.
Police Super said there is scarcity of oxygen due to infrastructural obstacles in hospitals. Besides, many people need oxygen in dwelling houses but they cannot afford it.
“We will supply oxygen cylinders to the doorstep of the patient suffering from breathing constraint and free of cost voluntarily on an emergency basis as soon as he or she will contact mobile number 01737599666,” he added.
Ratan, a resident of Natunhat-Sardarpara in the district town, said his mother was suffering from kidney, cold-fever and respiratory ailments.
Moazzem Hossain of Gariakanta area of the upazila said, 'I was suffering from corona and shortness of breath. When the police called the Oxygen Bank number, they delivered the oxygen cylinder to my house. As a result of taking oxygen, I am slowly recovering. And so thank to Joypurhat Police Super for taking such a great initiative.'
Dr Wazed Ali, Civil Surgeon of Joypurhat, praised the Oxygen Bank of the police and said, "The people of the district will remember with gratitude such a great initiative of the law enforcement agencies in the field of humanitarian service."
He added that 1,091 patients in Joypurhat are undergoing treatment at various hospitals and home quarantine due to corona.