The real COVID hero, 'Oxygen Man' Sheikh is also running a helpline for the benefit of COVID-19 patients.
Shrouded in the horror of an acute oxygen crisis, Mumbai has given birth to several COVID superheroes who have risen to the occasion as saviours at this hour of the pandemic. While the established medical structure has been knocked off rather brutally by the second wave of coronavirus infection, Mumbai's 'Oxygen Man' Shahnawaz Sheikh has turned every resource into an opportunity to provide oxygen to his fellow city folks. Facing the eye of the storm, the man and his team are explaining the usage and return of oxygen cylinders in a bid to give method to the madness.
Not all heroes need capes or even SUVs!
A coronavirus survivor himself, this 31-year-old COVID warrior from Malad has also started a distress helpline number for the benefit of COVID-19 patients. Moved by the tragic blows of the pandemic and the death of his friend's wife due to oxygen shortage, he realised the importance of oxygen support against the virus. This made him start his free oxygen supply scheme for all and when he face issues with funding, Sheikh sold his SUV Ford Endeavour worth ₹22 crores in exchange for 160 oxygen cylinder to continue his agenda of saving lives!
Shahnawaz started with a small team last year and this force has seen a palpable rise in the number of queries in the last three months. The man informed that earlier they were receiving about 50 calls a day which has now soared over ten times, to 500-600 calls a day. Associated with other volunteers, Sheikh also helps people understand how to use a cylinder, easing their emergencies. So far the team has helped over 4,000 people, Shahnawaz said.
While the internet has broken over the generosity and selflessness of this man, he is one of the many who is doing his bit and even more to ensure to douse the ferocity of the coronavirus. He believes that things like his SUV can be bought back but that is not the need of the hour! If each one of us takes the responsibility to curb the infection, we can make it happen; so make sure, you take necessary COVID precautions and lend support to those in need to help!