The Salvation Army across India is responding as daily recorded cases of COVID-19 reach unprecedented levels. Local Salvation Army hospitals are now admitting large numbers of patients with COVID symptoms, as demand in the national system exceeds capacity. The Salvation Army’s Evangeline Booth Hospital in Ahmednagar is giving 100 per cent free treatment to COVID-19 Patients. Local government has supported the hospital with the provision of some extra oxygen, with The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters providing an additional ventilator and essential personal protective equipment.
With patients unable to receive visitors, Salvation Army workers are endeavouring to provide meals and other essential support. Salvation Army clinicians have also supported the government in its roll-out of the local COVID-19 vaccination campaign. The Army’s new ambulance service also began serving the local community.