Warangal Urban: Moved by the plight of his paternal uncle who was in a serious condition due to post Covid-19 complications coupled with lack of availability of beds in hospitals, a 24-year-old youth, who subsequently managed to get a bed for his uncle in a big hospital, realised the sufferings of many people who were unable to get beds or oxygen cylinders in the city and decided to help them.
Getting into the act, he has so far helped about 100 patients get beds on time for treatment, and also helped many others get oxygen cylinders in Warangal city alone during the second wave of Covid.
Meet Nagabelli Nitish, younger son of N Ramesh, a barber, and Jhansi, of Arepally under Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC). Nitish is pursuing Pharm.D at a private college on the outskirts of the city.
Recollecting his attempt to get a bed for his uncle, Nitish said, “My uncle Nagabelli Jithender who was infected by Covid tested negative after two weeks, but he suddenly developed post-Covid complications. He faced difficulty due to shortness in breath and his saturation levels were falling at 80. We tried to rush him to a hospital but many hospitals did not allow us stating that there were no beds available. Since, I am into medical field, I managed to get a bed in Jaya Nursing Home and we could save his life,” he said and added that he had decided to help other such people too. “Since then, I could arrange about 100 beds for Covid patients besides providing oxygen cylinders to more than 20 people,” Nitish, who is in the 4th year of Pharm.D, said.
He also helped nearly 100 patients get plasma from donors and blood banks with his contacts. “I am also trying to extend financial aid to poor patients with the help of friends and donors. We have provided Rs 3 lakh to 20 patients so far,” Nitish said. “While one unit of plasma was sold at Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 in the black market due to huge shortage at that time, we could arrange it for Rs 15,000 or below,” he said.
Ravi Sambari, a core member of ‘Relief Riders’, Hyderabad, praised Nitish for his service. “Nitish arranged oxygen cylinder for a patient in the midnight just after a phone call made by me. He is not only arranging cylinders, but also helping the people get ambulances to shift some people to Hyderabad for better treatment. Nitish is also providing medicine and food to the poor patients with the support of donors,” Ravi added.
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