Cabs fitted with oxygen cylinders and other Covid care facilities were launched by RC Chandigarh Midtown, RID 3080, under its Oxygen on Wheels project to provide emergency assistance to corona patients and transport them to nearby hospitals.
The club joined hands with Buddy Cabs, a car rental service provider, and Haryana State Legal Services Authority (HSLSA) to extend the “the first mile connectivity before a patient gets proper treatment at a hospital,” said club’s past president Salil Dev Singh Bali who had conceived the project. The service will be available to patients across Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali, he added. HSLSA executive chairman Justice Rajan Gupta, also a judge at the Punjab and Haryana high court, flagged off the project and appreciated the club’s initiative.
The cabs will also deliver oxygen cylinders for needy Covid patients at their doorstep and assist hospitals with heavy caseloads but lack ambulances by ferrying patients. “The drivers were trained to administer oxygen to patients in need during transportation or at their doorsteps,” said Bali, adding that the oxygen cab service is provided free of charge for Covid patients in the tricity.
The inaugural ceremony was attended by district and sessions judge Parmod Goyal, also secretary, HSLSA; judicial and police officials from Panchkula and Mohali; and Buddy Cabs founder-CEO Sartaj Lamba. AG Dr Rita Kalra, president-elect Salil Chopra and Rtns Renu Chopra and Pardeep Sisodia represented the club. The emergency project was dedicated to late DGN Naveen Gulati.