New Delhi: On April 23, when a distress call was made by the authorities of the Tirath Ram Shah Hospital, they didn’t know they had angels watching over them. At 7:15 am, Delhi Police Inspector Ajay Kumar, Station House Officer, Civil Lines Police Station, received a distress call from Tirath Ram Shah Hospital, near Tis Hazari Metro Station, in North Delhi.
The hospital said it has run out of oxygen supply and needs immediate help. The authorities further told the police that their vehicle had been sent for the refilling of oxygen cylinders to Bawana Refilling Centre.
Acting immediately, the information was shared with senior officers and the oxygen supplier in Bawana was liaised to provide refilled oxygen cylinders. A team of cops from the Civil Lines police station and Highway Patrol Jaguar Team was immediately sent to Bawana to facilitate the oxygen cylinder-borne vehicle by creating a green corridor.
The Police team escorted the vehicle carrying a total of 33 oxygen cylinders to Tirath Ram Shah hospital, providing a safe and fast passage and delivered the same to the hospital before 9:00 am, truly living up to the slogan of Delhi Police as #DilKiPolice.
Not just this, just a day before, on April 22, the North District Police had helped the NKS Super Speciality Hospital authorities in procuring oxygen cylinders for its patients. The hospital is in North Delhi’s Gulabi Bagh area.
NKS Super Speciality Hospital’s representatives had approached Delhi Police Inspector JK Singh, posted in Gulabi Bagh Police Station at 1 pm. The authorities told the cops that their oxygen stock was draining and the supply could last only for 2-3 hours. They appealed for immediate help in getting the oxygen supply.
The cops once again got their hero mode on and explored all possibilities of arranging the oxygen from reliable sources/dealers. Local police, as well as senior officers, liaised with the oxygen supplier in Moti Nagar and Bawana area. ACP Moti Nagar and SHO Bawana immediately responded and helped in arranging the oxygen cylinders.
Two vehicles left from NKS Hospital to both destinations along with one police personnel in each vehicle. Twenty oxygen cylinders were collected from Bawana and several more arrived from the Moti Nagar oxygen refilling centre.
If you thought this was enough, you were wrong. On April 20, the first distress call was made by the same NKS Super Speciality Hospital. Delhi Police Inspector JK Singh had received a call at 4.30 pm from the hospital authorities about the shortage of oxygen supply.
Singh, along with local police and senior officers of North District, including Anto Alphonse, DCP/North, Anita Roy, Addl. DCP/North District along with staff reached the NKS hospital. It was learnt that 130 patients, including 102 Covid-19 patients were admitted to the hospital and the hospital had run out of oxygen supply. The hospital authorities had tried to meet the oxygen shortage but were unable to meet the demand as cylinders were not available.
Immediate efforts were initiated to arrange for the oxygen supply. All possibilities of arranging the oxygen from reliable sources/dealers were explored. Local police liaised with the oxygen supplier of the Mayapuri area and along with staff rushed to the dealer, where oxygen cylinders were being filled. Fifty-three cylinders were sent by NKS hospital for refilling at 5:17 pm. Considering the gravity of the situation, the North District team reached Mayapuri at 5:37 pm, got the filled oxygen cylinders, and reached the hospital at 6:08 pm.
The police team escorted the vehicle carrying 15 oxygen cylinders to NKS Super Speciality Hospital, providing a safe and fast passage by making a green corridor and delivered the same to the hospital.
Fifteen more cylinders were also arranged from Moti Nagar area and the rest of the 53 cylinders were delivered to the hospital an hour later.