Supported by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Lucknow's Haj House is being converted into a 225-bed temporary COVID centre, to shoulder the burden piling on the city's medical infrastructures. All preparations are being conducted in full swing here, to ensure that this treatment facility is up and functional by next week. This centre in Sarojini Nagar will function as a level 3 treatment centre, creating a critical care provision for several patients amid a severe crunch of hospital beds.

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While Lucknow stands shrouded beneath a storm of COVID troubles, an incident at the city's KT Oxygen Filling Station in Chinhat, has raised eyeballs across the city. An oxygen cylinder burst out at 3:30 PM on Wednesday while being reloaded at the facility and chaotic circumstances ensued after that. Taking quick control of the situation, the authorities implemented a relief program to help the individuals affected by the blast and further investigation has been initiated.

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Keeping the burgeoning demands of medical-grade oxygen in view, the Uttar Pradesh government has been trying to amplify 02 supplies for Lucknow. In the latest string of developments, the Oxygen Express train from Jamshedpur, transported 10 containers of the life-saving necessity in the city on Tuesday. Starting its journey at 5 PM on Monday, the train reached the Charbagh Railway station at 2:30 PM today, with an approximated amount of 80 metric tonnes of oxygen.

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Amid the havoc ushered by the second COVID wave, the Lucknow Child Helpline (1098) has released a list of contact numbers for children in problematic situations. Besides assuring help to kids facing mental and physical issues due to the ongoing crisis, the helpline would also provide relief to those who have lost their family members. Additionally, children whose parents are admitted to the hospitals, will also be aided through this initiative.

Helpline operational for a long time for supporting distressed kids

Speaking to Knocksense, Child Helpline In-charge Krishna Sharma said," The child helpline has been functional from before to assist the children in need. Under this initiative of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, information about distressed children can be given at 1098 and immediate care will be provided to them."

Through this helpline, deserted kids and children facing exploitation and domestic abuse are rescued and the needed care is provided to them. The establishment has been supporting such kids for a long time now.

Helpline numbers for ensuring guaranteed help to COVID-hit kids

Talking about the present COVID crisis, the official asserted, "During the current situation, when the pandemic has taken a ghastly form, we are witnessing deaths of both parents in certain families and the children are left alone. Keeping this in view, this facility has been initiated wherein anyone who spots a troubled child can call and report at the helpline numbers so urgent help can be assured to him/her. If there are relatives to take care of such a child and the family is faced with a need for food or medical supplies, related help will be given to them."

If a child is left all alone without a family, he/she will be presented in front of the juvenile court after a COVID test. After this, the Child Welfare Committee which is functional at the district level, will take care of the child.

Following numbers can be contacted if a need is observed-

9838501098
9918401098
9721451098
7518901098
7518701098
7518401098
7518101098
7518601098
7408405126

After the Kanpur police authorities decided to establish L1 and L2 COVID hospitals for their staff, in all districts under their supervision, the Uttar Pradesh Police has called for similar facilities all across the state. Through this initiative, the workforce of the state's police departments stands assured with amplified healthcare facilities in the current vulnerable times. Given their active involvement in the fight against COVID, this intervention was definitely the need of the hour!

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In light of the shortage of hospital beds, a new temporary COVID provisional facility is being established at the Haj House in Lucknow. This centre in Sarojini Nagar will accommodate 225 beds and function as a level 3 treatment centre, creating a critical care facility for several patients in this emergency hour of the pandemic. Preparations are currently underway and it is expected that in the next 10 days, all work will be completed, after which patients can be admitted here.

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In the past 3 weeks, the worsening circumstances in Lucknow have transformed the city into one of the most troubled COVID hotspots in the country. With exploding infection rates and contracting medical resources, Lucknowites are struggling to pave their way out of these extraordinary circumstances. In these trying times, some compassionate souls and organisations from the city have pooled in their efforts and resources to provide free services for COVID patients. From food and medicines to ambulance services, here is a list of 7 facilities being provided free of cost to the infected individuals in the city!

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Attempting to ensure equal access to COVID medication for all, SIPS Hospital in Lucknow has started a counter to provide free medicines for infected individuals who are financially underprivileged. Through this initiative, all COVID patients will be able to procure medicines for 10 days without bearing the cost. As per sources, the process of medicine distribution will start at 10 AM and conclude at 7 PM daily.

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