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Bhopal’s auto driver sells wife’s jewellery, turns his three-wheeler into ambulance for Covid-19 patients

Javed Khan sold his wife’s gold necklace for Rs 5,000 and bought an oxygen cylinder to turn this auto into an ambulance

By Team Newsfile 

Bhopal, May 1: As India continues to battle with the second wave of Covid-19, many are coming forward to lend a helping hand. Some toiling all day to provide medical oxygen cylinders and others providing free food to the affected people. But, the battle is far from over. Meet Javed Khan, an auto driver from Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal, who turned his three-wheeler into a service ambulance. Khan has been providing the ambulance service for the last 15-20 days in Bhopal. 

Auto-rickshaw turned into ambulance

A resident of Madhya Pradesh’s Aishbagh, Khan has turned his three-wheeler into an ambulance at a time when the second wave of Covid-19 has wreaked havoc across India. 

For the last three days, Khan has saved at least 15 lives by timely rushing them free of cost to different hospitals of Bhopal, which is among the top two Covid-19 hotspots of MP. He is providing the facility free of cost as a service to mankind when many are facing shortages of bed, oxygen and ambulances. 

Khan, a father of three kids (two daughters and a son), also takes care of his three daily wage labourer brothers (who don’t have jobs owing to the corona) sold his wife’s gold necklace for Rs 5,000 to fund his mission of rendering the free auto-rickshaw ambulance to Covid and other patients. 

Auto with medical amenities 

Javed’s auto is fully equipped with necessary medical amenities like oxygen cylinder, PPE kit, sanitizer and also an oximeter. “I saw a lot of people on social media, Whatsapp and news channels that several people are forced to carry their relatives on the shoulder or pull them on carts due to unavailability of ambulances. That is when I thought I could do something for humanity,” said Khan in an interview.  

He further added, “I sold my wife’s gold necklace for Rs 5,000 and bought an oxygen cylinder to turn this auto into an ambulance. I refuel the auto with my money.”

“I stocked three months’ ration for my family and subsequently used the money secured by selling my wife’s necklace to fund the conversion of the autorickshaw into an ambulance. The 7 kg oxygen cylinder fitted in the autorickshaw has been gifted by social activist Bharti Jain,” Khan said.  

“Besides selling my wife’s chain, I’ve also stopped the payment of the installment of Rs 10,500 on the purchase of the autorickshaw to ensure that my ambulance continues to run effectively and my family, too, doesn’t have any problems in the coming days. Some people have donated Rs 1,500, which, too, is helping my cause,” said Khan. 

For a noble cause

“In agreement with my wife, I decided to start the auto rickshaw-ambulance service which can be availed by anyone just by calling my cell number 7999909494. In the last three days, I’ve rushed 15 Covid-19 patients to hospitals, including AIIMS-BHOPAL, Hamidia Hospital and Paliwal Hospital. Even if people are willing to pay me, I tell them that this is for the human cause during the holy month of Ramzan,” Khan said. 

While Khan is the lone autorickshaw driver to start this service, he also claims that there are 10-12 more auto rickshaw drivers in the city, who are ready to operate a similar service if supported by generous donors. 

Team NewsFile