However, oxygen machines are not something you can find around the corner. Even hospitals are lacking these crucial machines, and the health ministry hasn’t been of any help to secure them to the affected people whose life depends on that.
Once again, it is the Lebanese people who are stepping up to help each other, there where the government is failing.
“Hundreds of oxygen machines are stored and blocked unjustifiably in public facilities, airports, and sports fields. Our corrupted system is choking us,” Baytna Baytak revealed in a post on social media.
The NGO added, “We the people, the frontliners, are saving lives.”
They are, indeed. They have rushed to organize themselves, form a team of health workers, and secure oxygen machines for people in their homes.
Baytna Baytak has been at the forefront of Lebanon’s recent crises, namely the pandemic, and also the catastrophe that has crashed Beirut with the explosion of August 4th.
At the shortage of oxygen tanks in the country, Baytna Baytak launched the initiative Lebanon Needs Oxygen in an extraordinary effort to secure oxygen to people needing these machines to breathe and deliver them to their homes.
The NGO team of health workers takes care of delivering the machine and instruct the affected person on how to use it.
So far, Baytna Baytak was able to secure over 100 tanks along with their provision of oxygen from suppliers in Lebanon and abroad. It has been heavily relying on donors to help them buy these machines.
They are currently aiming to secure at least 700 tanks. That’s if more donors, whether in the country or in the diaspora, could step up to help.
As briefly explained by Baytna Baytak, the process for the distribution of the oxygen machines is as follows: 1. Baytna Baytak receives a call through its call center: +961 79 139 537 2. It then ensures to take a doctor’s prescription 3. The team gets the oxygen machine ready 4. Nurses specialized in Covid-19 proceed with the distribution and help with the implementation of the machine at the patient’s home.
They have also worked on providing shelter to the people who got displaced by the Beirut blast, and on rebuilding Beirut.
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