Imphal: At a time when the health system of the country, including Manipur, is under immense pressure amidst the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, the act of a few good Samaritans is winning the hearts of people.
Residents of Ukhrul in the State have managed to raise Rs. 5 lakh in 24 hours through crowd-funding to procure oxygen concentrators for Ukhrul District Hospital (UDH) in its fight against the deadly virus.
The crowd funding initiative, which was undertaken through social media, received an overwhelming response to the fervent call from the community residing in the district and elsewhere in the country.
The youngest among the cheerful contributors is an 8-year-old girl Iza Ringsara Pheiray, daughter of Tennoson Pheiray and Chonchuirinmayo Luithui Pheiray from Phungcham village.
“I felt sorry and sad for the patients. And if many people contributed just as I did, it would become a huge amount,” Iza said to her parents.
According to Iza’s father Tennoson Pheiray said that the community is planning to purchase at least five oxygen concentrators and they have already ordered three from the amount received on May 13.
He further informed that since the district COVID-19 Care Centre at Transit Quarter is functioning without a power backup, the team is also planning to utilize the remaining amount for purchasing a power generator.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, MLA Alfred Kanngam Arthur also donated 15 oxygen concentrators to the health department of Ukhrul district headquarter.
Currently, the district has a total of 23 oxygen concentrators, eight each at UDH and COVID-19 Care Center at Transit Quarter and one each at CHC Somdal, PHC Talui, PHC Talui, PHC Teinem, PHC Lambui and PHC Jessami as per the district health department.