Oxygen bearer: People rush for asphyxia patients in a single call...

Dhaka, Wednesday   19 May 2021

Oxygen bearer: People rush for asphyxia patients in a single call

 Adnan Shakib, Chattogram Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 05:51 PM, 20 June 2020   Updated: 05:53 PM, 20 June 2020

They stand beside patient with oxygen in emergency

They stand beside patient with oxygen in emergency

In this crisis period of the nation caused by the global pandemic coronavirus outbreak, most of the people from middle-class to rich, in the country are folded in the home in fear of virus infection. Moreover, few but sweet-seekers in the society are still busy grabbing different privileges allotted for needy people including government reliefs. But some self-denying youth are running relentlessly for the wellbeing of the corona-crushed people in the country. In the port city of Chattogram, such a group of dedicated youths is working to serve people bearing oxygen cylinders on their shoulders, putting oxygen in the mouth of the dying patients. In any case, they are running from one hospital to another in the city; from one house to another.

In Chattogram, all members of a family including a 60-year-widow and a four-years’ child were in the critical state being infected with the coronavirus. Although everyone in the family gets normal, the widow was left in danger of severe breathing problems. As soon as the news was received, a young man rushed to the old woman's house with an oxygen cylinder on his shoulder.

Touhidul Islam is one of the voluntary team. He was born in Sandwip Upazila of Chattogram, bordering the Bay of Bengal. He studied in the English department of Chittagong University. In his working life, he has been working as the Chief Executive of 'Little Bees English School' for a long time.

They deliver oxygen to the houses as soon as they receive the call/ news

Touhidul Islam said, "We have all come at a time of crisis where the combined efforts of all can save us from this great danger.” “Imagine for a second, if you or your dearest people were transposed to such virus infection, think, actually how much a worse situation be faced for their treatment will be. So this is my small effort.”

Not only, Touhidul Islam, but Nazim Uddin also appears with the oxygen cylinder on the shoulder just when the patients fall in the dying sate due to lack of oxygen in this terrible situation.

Friday at 12:15 p.m. Fatema Begum, a resident of Hathazari Fatehpur, is suffering from severe shortness of breath. She was having extreme difficulty breathing. Suddenly, on the advice of one of her relatives, she called a young man named Nazim Uddin. Nazim Uddin appeared with an oxygen cylinder on the shoulder, at the woman's house half an hour after receiving the call. Nazim Uddin, not only for Fatema Begum but also got the phone of many patients and runs for them.

Since June 11, Nazim Uddin has bought nine oxygen cylinders and an oximeter to stand by the patients suffering from shortness of breath. The service activities that he started from his own UP have now spread all over Hathazari. So far he has provided oxygen services to 14 patients.

Mohammed Morshed Alam, councilor of the Sholakbahar ward, is by the side of helpless people when many public representatives are busy their own business at home. He is working hard all the time. Sometimes Morshed Alam himself runs to give confidence to the patients and relatives.

He has arranged three ambulances from his own funding, in the service of the people. In addition, there are 10 volunteers including doctors to the operator, who are providing 24-hour service. In addition to providing oxygen services to the patients, they are also working to get them to the hospital. Volunteers are appearing directly in front of the patient's house as soon as they call the hotline.

Morshed Alam said, " The first thing that should be done by one as a public representative is to stand by the people. And this is the final opportunity. So I started my activities with three ambulances and 15 oxygen cylinders. Besides, I have two doctors in the team so that they can give the first aid to the patients. So far, we have provided oxygen services to 27 patients and hospitalized 13 patients.