Delhi left in lurch – Nitin Saxena

New Delhi:  In a display of brotherhood at this dark times, a part of the mosque at South Delhi’s Green Park area, has been turned into a quarantine corridor for Covid positive patients who do not have a place for self-isolation. 

Talking to VSP News,  Joint Secretary of the Green Park masjid Mohammed Saleem said that they had 10 beds with a separate entrance to the corridor. In case the need arises, they have enough space on the second floor to set up a quarantine hall that will accommodate more beds. 

He also said that they had engaged a few volunteers for providing medicines and food to the patients at a scheduled time.  The volunteers will be wearing the PPE kit and take all the precautions as laid out in the official guidelines. The food will be provided free to the recovering patients. 

The quarantine corridor at the mosque will admit those who have been instructed by doctors for self-isolation and not reported to have serious chest infection as the place does not have any oxygen facility nor does it has 24×7 medical support. “We have a few doctors on our panel for ‘on-call visit’, Mohamed Saleem said and added that the local political leader Somnath Bharti had helped him in getting the official permission which was a pre-requisite. 

The residents of adjacent A Plus Colony, Safdurjung Development Area (SDA) are happy over the move which they term as very inspirational and define it as a symbol of the oneness of people. The entire service by the mosque is free. 

On the other hand, ambulances playing between hospitals and various cremation grounds in the capital are charging between Rs 15, 000 and Rs 30,000 per trip which does not cover more than 20KM on an average.  The fleecing is rampant along with black marketing of life-saving drugs and injections. 

Reflecting the pathetic and hapless state of people scrambling for oxygen and cremation grounds, many parks adjoining the cremation grounds have been converted into make-shift cremation grounds having two dozen cremation platforms. 

Senior citizen Ajay Bajpai who is a pure Delhiite said that this is the first time that they were seeing a sight at cremation ground.  “It is frightening and scary, “ he said and added that the Centre had failed in giving a protective umbrella to its ciitzens.

Similar sentiments echoed from the entire Delhi which is all in anger at the political bigwigs from its Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who, they feel, failed the Delhiites by not sensing the magnanimity of the second wave and not preparing meaningfully for the catastrophe.

Nitin Saxena
Nitin Saxena is a Senior Journalist who dabbled into Films and Academics before coming back to Journalim as a Columnist and Communication consultant

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