Auto-Rickshaw Ambulance: Amidst all the gloom, a spark of hope has shown itself. An auto-rickshaw driver from Bhopal Madhya Pradesh has converted his rikshaw into an ambulance, along with an oxygen facility and serves people for free.
The driver Javed Khan has become the saviour of around ten people in the past three days. Javed said that seeing the surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, he was tormented by people’s agony and could not sit at home.
Khan has been driving auto for about 18 years. Although no one has been infected in his family, he was very disturbed by the rising death toll in the country and wanted to do something to help people with whatever resources he has. The 34-year-old rickshaw driver said that it was his family’s suggestion to convert his auto into an ambulance. He has equipped the auto by putting medicines, sanitisers and an oxygen cylinder in the vehicle and has helped 10 people who were in dire need to reach the hospital for the past three days.
MP: An auto driver in Bhopal has converted his auto into an ambulance & takes patients to hospitals for free. Javed, the driver, says, "I saw on social media & news channels how people were being carried to hospitals due to the shortage of ambulance. So I thought of doing this." pic.twitter.com/eaH4CpWGBO
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Khan spends Rs 600 every day on filling up the oxygen cylinder. He said that his wife has given him her gold locket for the expenses of the rikshaw. As buying oxygen is not an easy task, Khan has to wait for 4-5 hours every day in order to get the cylinder refilled.
He has been devoting his entire time to helping the needy and has stopped carrying passengers so that he could get more time to help people. Khan put the information about his auto ambulance on various social media groups from where he gets a lot of queries. He has also urged other auto drivers to join him in helping people at this time.
Khan also said that he will not hesitate to borrow money to continue his service as his priority is to help and save the people who are in desperate need of help.