Raveena Tandon has been actively working behind the scenes, arranging for oxygen cylinders and responding to all those reaching out to her amidst this COVID crisis. Messages refuse to stop and calls for help on social media continue to flood her timeline. Jumping into action to do her bit amidst the pandemic, the actress has set up a team with her close ones. “It is unbelievable what is happening right now, it is like an apocalypse. Rich people are paying for injections and treatments, but imagine the plight of the common man! It is so disheartening. Hence, we have friends and volunteers pan India who are responding to requests daily. From oxygen kits to oxygen cylinders and oxygen concentrators, we are trying to put together everything possible. One of us tweets and as soon as help is available, we see to it that the person in need gets their requirement. We are all trying to pool our resources, putting people in touch for this SOS situation. I want to encourage people to come out and help at this crucial hour,” shares the actress.
As the nation faces acute oxygen shortage and a surge in COVID-19 cases, Raveena Tandon has arranged for a truck full of cylinders that will be delivered straight to those in need. She reveals, “Hospitals are charging a bomb so we are arranging for oxygen cylinders that can directly be sent to those who may not afford it. We have been in touch with cops and NGOs to break the chain and operate smoothly. Our first lot that it ready for transport for Delhi includes 300 oxygen cylinders.” Going that extra mile, Raveena Tandon recently ensured that medical help reached Padma Bhushan, late Pandit Rajan Mishra in Delhi, who passed away due to health complications.
During these tough times, Raveena Tandon responded to a plea by doctors at Pentamed hospital in Delhi for oxygen cylinders. Citing a touching incident, she shares, “People who don’t even know each other are stepping up to help those in need. I know this girl who messaged me from Delhi saying that she has an extra cylinder and when we shared the co-ordinates, she went and delivered it! People are rising up to the occasion, we are actually witnessing something so beautiful.” Also slamming those indulging in black marketing of oxygen cylinders, Raveena says, “This too will pass and once it does, I hope that these black marketers are caught and brought under check. They are like vulture feeding on us.”
Adding a word of caution to mask-up and get vaccinated, Raveena Tandon says, “Vaccination is the need of the hour. The more people get vaccinated, the better. Thankfully the hesitation towards vaccination is waning. People need to know that vaccines are the only things right now that will protect us from this fatality.”