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World virus in India: a tuk-tuk driver changes in ambulance for the poor

14:20  04 may  2021
14:20  04 may  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Virus en Inde: un chauffeur de tuk-tuk se change en ambulancier pour les pauvres © provided by the point

q uand mohammad javed khan, bombal teller driver in the center of the india , saw People wear on their backs of loved ones, COVID-19 patients towards the hospital, for lack of money to finance an ambulance, he said he could not stay without doing anything.

This 34-year-old man sold his wife's jewelry and turned his tuk-tuk into a small ambulance he has equipped with a bottle of oxygen, an oximeter to measure the oxygen level in the blood and other medical equipment.

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"A serious patient can not be driven to the hospital without oxygen support," says Khan at the AFP .

"So, I thought, why not turn my stupor into ambulance? It's not as spacious as an ambulance, but it can surely save lives," he continues.

"I saw young people without oxygen struggling (to survive)," he says.

"And when they call the ambulances, they charge from 5,000 to 10,000 rupees (from 55 to 110 euros). How could a poor person afford? Especially during this pandemic where most people have no more Income? "," he questions.

someone provided him with a bottle of oxygen, someone else gave him an oximeter, then a doctor taught him to use these equipment to put patients under oxygen safely during their transport to The hospital.

"Many people approached me and helped by contributing with donations and asked me to continue this action until the pandemic is finished," he says.

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"It is thanks to the help of so many people I am able to do that. I could not have done it alone."

Mr. Khan has briefly encountered difficulties with the authorities when the police charged him for use of his Tuk-Tuk without an emergency license during the confinement in the state of Madhya Pradesh, had reported the chain of Television India Today.

But his misappropriation has sparked such shields on social networks, which the police canceled his charge and even issued him a special passer-pass.

The state of Madhya Pradesh, as many states of the vast country of 1.3 billion inhabitants, has experienced a recrudescence of contaminations in recent weeks, causing oxygen and medical material shortages.

The state, where one in five tested people turns out to the coronavirus, said more than 12,000 new contaminations on Monday. And here too, crematoriums and cemeteries have difficulty overcoming the influx of spoils.

04/05/2021 10:12:53 - BHOPAL (India) - © 2021 AFP

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