NGO Goes Innovative to Identify Covid Patients in Need of Oxygen
•SDIF using technology to supply free oxygen cylinders in rural areas
Hyderabad, June 13 (Maxim News): At a time when the relatives of Covid patients/suspects are desperately looking for help in different forms, the Social Data Initiative Forum, an NGO, has come up with an innovative program that traces people on social media who are in need of oxygen.
‘The SDIF has developed a program that integrates with Twitter API and identifies Tweets that have requests for oxygen. The back end team immediately calls them and arranges for oxygen,” informed SDIF Founders Azam Khan and Khalif Saifullah.
According to SDIF, the innovation was done after an analysis showed that a majority of requests posted on Social Media platforms remained unattended and patients in need of oxygen did not get it on time. Khalid Saifullah says that the social media platforms like Twitter or Facebook are open forums where thousands of posts are published every second. Sometimes the tagging helps, but most of the time, the posts get buried among thousands of similar posts. Further, it is almost impossible for the authorities or the NGOs to track the requests for oxygen manually. Therefore, the SDIF developed a program that integrates with Twitter API and identifies Tweets that have requests for oxygen, he said.
The SDIF is happy over attending request for oxygen cylinders for Covid patients from places like Cuddalore, Mahabubabad, Achampet and other places.
There is no deposit for the oxygen cylinder and for the White Card holders, transportation and refill are completely free. Any NGO willing to join this network can email to [email protected].
Khalid Saifullah said that Covid patients in need of free oxygen cylinder may call on 7569600800 or provide details on the website www.freeoxygen.in. (Maxim News)