Joy Bangla Oxygen’ providers, team of life savers

Joy Bangla Oxygen’ providers, team of life savers

Three energetic student leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) have been providing oxygen service to the Covid-19 infected patients since June 25 last year under the banner of ‘Joy Bangla Oxygen Service’.


The humanitarian initiative was initially launched by Sad bin Quader Chowdhury, the organizing secretary of BCL also the former Liberation War affairs secretary of Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU), with the funding of his friends and well-wishers.


At present, Sad is conducting the service accompanied by BCL Deputy Science affairs Secretary Sobur Khan Collins and DU BCL Joint Secretary also former member DUCSU Rafiqul Islam Sabuj.


When Covid-19 situation got out of control in the country, the demand for oxygen cylinders continued to increase. But due to lack of adequate supply, patients had to suffer a lot. For that reason, they took the noble initiative to help the people inspired by the instruction of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.


They started the fully free project with 12 cylinders but now it has increased into 95 and they have already helped around four thousands patients  across the country in past 260 days.


 Under the project, more than one hundred volunteers are delegated in 64 districts. There are nine service centers across the country such as Dhaka, Chittagong, Mymensingh, Feni, Laxmipur, Khulna, Cox’s Bazar, Sylhet, and Bogura.


The helpless sevice recipients of country’s different parts called them as ‘life savers’.


“Joy Bangla Oxygen Service especially for Covid-19 patients but non-covid patients who prescribed for oxygen also can take this service for 24/7”, said Sad.


While asking about the obstacles to run the initiative, Sad said, “We faced security problems at preliminary stage due to covid-19 infection.Transformation also hindered as most of the regions were locked down and local people didn’t allow outsiders.”


We also suffered from man power crisis at that time, Sad added.


Thanking those who are assisting them in this regard, other two co-operators Collins and Sabuj said, “We are really happy for doing something for the helpless. We will postpone our project during post-covid situation, but try to repeat such works if needed in the future.”