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COVID19: Now request Oxygen concentrators on the OLA app!

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Now you can request for an Oxygen concentrator on an OLA app.

Ola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Ola, on Monday said it has partnered with donation platform GiveIndia to provide consumers with oxygen concentrators, joining the growing roster of companies contributing towards relief efforts amid the deadly second wave of the COVID pandemic.

The service, which will be provided for free through the Ola app, service will start rolling out in Bengaluru from this week with an initial set of 500 oxygen concentrators.

Ola and GiveIndia will scale it up across the country with up to 10,000 concentrators in the coming weeks, a statement said.

Consumers request for an oxygen concentrator from the Ola app by providing a few basic details. Once submitted, the request will be validated and Ola will then pick up the concentrator via one of its cabs with a specially trained driver and bring it to the consumer’s doorstep.

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Once the patient has gotten better and no longer requires the concentrator, Ola will pick the device back up and return it to GiveIndia to get it ready for the next patient who needs it.

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“We must come together and help our communities during these unprecedented times. We hope this initiative brings much-needed support during these very difficult times and helps in mitigating the pain and the anxiety among those impacted, Ola Chairman and Group CEO Bhavish Aggarwal said.

Ola will roll out the service with an initial set of 500 oxygen concentrators in Bangalore. Ola and GiveIndia are said to scale up the number across the country with up to 10,000 units of concentrators in the coming weeks.Ola also covered the COVID-19 vaccination cost for all employees and dependents, as the world continues its fight against the pandemic.

Ride-hailing and bike-taxi companies like Uber and Rapido have also come forth to assist and help its users in the pandemic. Uber and Rapido offer free rides to eligible users to and from the vaccination centres. Uber users can add promo code 10M21V in the wallet section of their Uber app. Once users enter the code, the Promo will be added to their ride.

Uber has kept the value that each free ride will be a maximum of Rs 150 and a rider is entitled to a maximum of two free rides, to and from the vaccination centre. The final amount that will be displayed on the app will include the discount. Rapido users who are above 45 years of age can avail themselves of the free rides if they get the vaccines from eligible hospitals. The offer will be auto-applied on Rapido Auto ride once the commuter chooses the designated hospitals as their destination and for pickups from these hospitals in Delhi NCR.

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