‘Joy Bangla Oxygen Seba’, an initiative launched by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders, is providing oxygen service to the Covid-19 patients across the country free of cost.
The organisation has delivered oxygen cylinders to 8,637 Covid-19 patients across the country as of Friday since its journey on June 25 last year.
The service is delivered free of charge subject to the presence of a doctor’s prescription and it is available 24/7 hours and 150 volunteers are working across the country.
The service is delivered directly by the volunteers of the organisation at the divisional cities, including Dhaka, Mymensingh, Chattogram, Sylhet and Rajshahi.
The direct service is also available in a number of districts, including Feni, Laksmipur, Cumilla, Cox’s Bazar, Bogura, Sirajganj, Satkhira and Chapainawabganj.
However, the organisation is sending cylinders by courier or an ambulance in the districts where it has no direct service. Even, it does not charge any transport fare and security money to send the oxygen cylinders.
About 20 of the volunteers, including chief coordinator Sad Bin Kader Chowdhury’s entire family, were infected with Covid-19 but the oxygen service has never stopped.
Asked if anyone was cooperating financially, the BCL leader said they do not do any financial transactions over the service. He, however, said, “If anyone gives us a product, we just accept it. If anyone wants to help us with oxygen refill, we make him connect with the refill centre. We discourage financial transactions. We provide an overview of the oxygen service once a month through social media.”
Sabur Khan Collins, deputy science secretary of BCL central executive committee, and Rafiqul Islam Sobuj, joint secretary of BCL’s Dhaka University unit, are also leading the service along with Sad Bin Kader Chowdhury.