Chennai Super Kings (CSK), an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, has pledged its support to the people of Tamil Nadu in their battle against the second wave of Covid-19. The supply of 450 oxygen concentrators has been planned by Chennai Super Kings Cricket Ltd (CSKCL). On Saturday, CSKCL Director R Srinivasan presented the oxygen concentrators to MK Stalin, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, in the presence of Rupa Gurunath, the President of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association. Bhoomika Trust, a Covid relief organisation, assisted CSKCL in planning for the oxygen concentrators’ delivery and would also manage their distribution.
The first shipment of oxygen concentrators has landed, with the remainder due to arrive early next week.
In an official statement, CSK CEO KS Viswanathan said, “The people of Chennai and Tamil Nadu form the very heartbeat of the Super Kings, and we want them to know that we are all united in this battle against the pandemic.”
The oxygen concentrators are being delivered by CSKCL for Covid patients being treated in Government hospitals and Covid treatment centres operated by the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).
An oxygen concentrator is an alternative to Liquid Medical Oxygen and is used for both homebound patients and hospitalised intermediate patients.
CSK has been raising awareness through its “Mask Podu” (Wear Mask) campaign and daily dissemination of relevant information through social media platforms.
CSK players have been emphasising the value of Covid security initiatives and reminding the public to get vaccinated as soon as possible since April. These advertisements can be seen on the GCC’s 90 variable message display systems located across the region.
The Tamil Nadu government declared a “full shutdown” for two weeks starting May 10 to monitor the spread of COVID-19 cases in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases.
The lockdown will begin at 4 a.m. on May 10 and will last until 4 a.m. on May 24, according to a statement released by the Chief Minister’s Office on Saturday.
According to the union health ministry, India has registered 4,01,078 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. For the third day in a row, the country has seen more than 4 lakh daily events.