A 25-bed ‘oxygen langar’ has been opened in the hall of Gurdwara Manji Sahib in Alamgir village of Ludhiana in which oxygen beds will be provided to Covid patients in need. The Covid ward at the Alamgir Gurdwara will cater to level 1 and level 2 Covid patients with each bed being equipped with oxygen concentrators. “More such hospitals will be opened in gurdwara premises of Takht Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda, Anandpur Sahib Gurdwara, Motibagh Gurdwara in Patiala and in Gurdwara of Bholath in the coming week. Oxygen is the most sought-after thing these days, and we are providing it as ‘oxygen langar’ to patients,” said Bibi Jagir Kaur, president of SGPC at Alamgir Gurdwara. Kaur also announced that one fully equipped ambulance will be stationed at all the Covid Care Centres, to deal with emergencies. “We have purchased 200 oxygen concentrators which are lying in California, and 60 are stuck in New Zealand. Around 100 concentrators purchased from Russia have come but are yet to be cleared by customs. SGPC is trying hard to serve people in this difficult time. It is our responsibility to serve those in need and hence, we are opening the doors of our Gurdwaras for patients. The halls or shrines of Gurdwaras are also being converted into Covid wards where patients will be given free treatment.” Kaur said that once more consignment of concentrators arrive in Punjab, the bed capacity in Covid wards of Gurdwaras will be increased for level 1 and level 2 Covid patients. All level 3 patients, however, will compulsorily be shifted to tertiary care hospitals.