Over 100 shooters volunteer to help in mitigating O2 shortage

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Over 100 shooters volunteer to help in mitigating O2 shortage

Tuesday, 11 May 2021 | PNS | Lucknow


Over 100 national shooters have volunteered to help in mitigating oxygen shortage in Uttar Pradesh. Among the renowned shooters are Asutosh Dwivedi, (UP), Pradeep Kumar Singh (Haryana), Tabish Ahmed (UP), Rahul Soni (Delhi), Monu Kumar (Delhi), Harpreet Sing (Delhi) and  Shailendra (UP).
The initiative came about after CMD, Rodic Consultants, and national-level shooter Raj Kumar urged the shooters' community to support the fight against Covid. The consultancy developed a first-of-its-kind digital portal for oxygen monitoring in the state, to ensure timely supply of oxygen in the state.
The unique platform will regularly monitor and track the real-time location of vehicles so that oxygen reacheed hospitals without delay, especially during emergencies. The company is leveraging the ‘hub and spoke’ model to streamline the oxygen supply.
“These are unprecedented times as we are witnessing a sharp surge in coronavirus cases across the country. Collaboration will be the key to winning the battle against the pandemic. At Rodic, we are contributing by setting up a command centre for oxygen movement across the country like we did along with the UP government. In this, we required volunteers to support us for efficient management of the entire process. I appealed to all my fellow shooters across India to come forward and the response from the shooter’s community has been very positive. I thank all the shooters who have volunteered to augment our efforts to tackle the deadly disease. I urge more people to proactively join us in the mission of defeating the second corona wave across the country. Such initiatives will go a long way in alleviating the miseries of patients,” said Kumar.
In another path-breaking initiative to streamline the supply of oxygen in Uttar Pradesh, the firm has strategised and implemented a ‘hub and spokes’ model, wherein the state has been divided into five regions and the route has been optimised by leveraging air, rail, and road. Lucknow, Kanpur, Modinagar, Ghaziabad, and Varanasi are the five major hubs while Gorakhpur and Bareilly are functioning as co-hubs.
Each hub comprises five-six cities and the spokes are 57 medical colleges across UP which have witnessed increasing demand for oxygen. This model is flexible to allow modifications in case of fluctuations in oxygen demand. The creation of an additional hub requires approximately 9-10 hours of turnaround time.
About 12 aircraft have been deployed with the help of the UP government to optimise the supply chain and tackle the spike in demand.
“Mitigating inefficiency in the supply chain and ensuring its optimisation is the prerequisite to ensure timely oxygen supply to hospitals. We are leveraging the ‘hub and spokes’ model that has tremendously reduced turnaround time to ensure hassle-free and timely supply of oxygen across the state of UP,” Raj Kumar added.
The company has been mulling to deploy this unique oxygen monitoring system to other states including Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab  and Delhi to tackle the pandemic.

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