Published: 30th April 2021
Auto-driver from Bhopal turns three-wheeler into ambulance, offers the service free of cost
Khan's auto is equipped with necessary things like an oxygen cylinder, a PPE kit, sanitizer and an oximeter to help those who avail his service for medical emergencies
With many facing shortages of bed, oxygen and ambulances amid the devastating second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, Javed Khan -- an auto driver in Bhopal -- has turned his three-wheeler into an ambulance-like vehicle and is providing the service free of cost. Khan's auto is equipped with necessary things like an oxygen cylinder, a PPE kit, sanitizer and an oximeter.
Speaking to Express about his inspiration for doing this, Khan said, "I saw a lot of people on social media, Whatsapp and news channels that several people are forced to carry their relatives on the shoulder or pull them on carts due to unavailability of ambulances. That is when I thought I could do something for humanity." He further said, "I sold my wife's gold necklace for Rs 5000 and bought an oxygen cylinder to turn this auto into an ambulance. I refuel the auto with my money."
Talking about how he manages to procure oxygen when the whole country is facing an oxygen crisis, he said, "There is a factory in Govindpura. We get oxygen refilled from there. It is a tedious task as we have to stand in the line for 4-5 hours. The cost of refilling the oxygen cylinders ranges from Rs 450-550." Khan has been providing this service for the last 15-20 days in Bhopal. "It is completely free. I have shared my mobile number on social media platforms, it is 7999909494. Whoever is in trouble and is not able to get an ambulance can call me. I am ready to help people 24 hours," Khan said.