O2forIndia initiative by Ola Foundation now in Chennai
Free access and delivery of oxygen concentrators at the doorstep for home-isolation Covid-19 patients via Ola app
Chennai, Ola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Ola, has made its O2ForIndia initiative available in Chennai to provide free and easy access to oxygen concentrators for home isolation patients during this ongoing wave of COVID-19 infections.
The O2forIndia initiative received the support of Shri Gagandeep Singh Bedi, IAS, Commissioner, Greater Chennai City Corporation, at an event in the city today.
The whole experience is set up to be seamless through the Ola app and is completely free, including the doorstep delivery and pick up. An initial about 500 concentrators have been made available and this will be scaled up as per need, with about 10,000 concentrators available across the country. Ola Foundation has partnered with GiveIndia for the O2forIndia initiative.
Under this initiative, caregivers and home-isolation patients can now place requests for oxygen concentrators through the Ola app itself by providing a few basic details. After submitting the necessary details, Ola will arrange for free home-delivery of the oxygen concentrator by specially trained personnel through Ola cabs. After the patient gets better and no longer requires oxygen support or is no longer in home isolation, Ola will arrange for the oxygen concentrator to be picked up and thereafter to be sterilised and ready for use by the next patient.
Ola COO Gaurav Porwal said, “There is an acute need for improved access to life saving equipment like oxygen concentrators as many are struggling to manage COVID-19 patients at home. Under our O2forIndia initiative, we hope to bring relief to the home-isolation patients in Chennai who need oxygen support”.
Ola stands committed to contributing to community efforts during this pandemic which requires all of us to join hands and fight this together.