(WTNH) — Stamford-based Americares is helping fight the COVID-19 crisis in India.
The organization is speeding up deliveries of PPE and critically needed medical equipment to health facilities throughout India.
The nation set a record earlier this week, surpassing 350,000 COVID infections in 24 hours. They estimate 400,000 people are being diagnosed with COVID on a daily basis. Thursday alone, more than 4,000 people died.
And, the health care system is on the brink of collapse. Hospitals are overflowing and there is a shortage of oxygen. Bodies are piling up and they are forced to cremate people in the street.
Americares relief workers based in Mumbai are now coordinating deliveries of ventilators to COVID treatment centers. One hundred volunteers traveled to India to supply hospitals with PPE and lifesaving devices called oxygenators.
Sr. VP and Chief Program Officer Americares Rashad Massoud told News 8, “These are machines that provide the oxygen needed to save lives and we’re working to get those to the hospitals that need them…Part of the reason there are deaths is that patients aren’t getting the care they need.”
Right now in India, more than 100-million people are vaccinated, but keep in mind India’s population is 1.4-billion, so Massoud says that’s really just a drop in the ocean and not stopping the spread.