MUMBAI, India — Actor Sonu Sood, who has been involved in numerous Covid-19 relief efforts since last year, has set up the first oxygen plant in Nellore, a city in India’s Andhra Pradesh.
After the plant was set up, several people of Nellore thanked the star for his kind gesture with thunderous applause.
Taking to Instagram, Sood shared a video showing how the truck carrying the oxygen plant was greeted with loud cheers, patriotic slogans, and hearty celebrations by the people of Nellore.
He also expressed happiness on the same.
“I am happy that the first oxygen plant has been installed at a government hospital in Nellore,” Sood said.
“A huge thanks to the local people and the doctors there for helping us out in this. This (initiative) is just the start of the oxygen plant installation drive.”
“Many more are to come. They will get set up across many states in the country. Stay positive. Jai Hind.”
The actor has been trying to help out as many people as possible amid the Covid-19 pandemic with his charitable works. From delivering oxygen cylinders to helping the needy get proper medical attention to setting up oxygen plants — Sood has been doing it all.
Sood had promised to set up 18 oxygen plants across India in states like Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan, among many others. This initiative will cater to 5,500 beds.
The “Dabangg” actor had received his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at Apollo Hospital in Punjab on April 7. Along with getting vaccinated against the infection, Sood had also launched “Sanjeevani — A Shot of Life,” an initiative to encourage people to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus and raise awareness about the inoculation drive the country.
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Last month, Sood launched COVREG, authorized by the Ministry of Health in India, to help rural Indians register for vaccination against Covid-19. Spice Money backs the particular initiative with its rural fintech expertise and will provide onboarding services through its website.
Speaking about the initiative, he said that since rural India is struggling with the vaccine registrations, a familiar face helping them will additionally push the process.
“Vaccination is the need of the hour in India to win the battle against Covid-19,” he said.
“Rural India continues to struggle in coping with the pandemic and is now also struggling with vaccine registrations. So, COVREG is created based on a detailed understanding of rural India and its needs observed through months of on-ground work.”
“COVREG addresses rural-specific issues of vaccine registration and provides much-needed assistance to hesitant rural citizens.”
On the film front, Sood will feature in the upcoming Telugu movie “Acharya” starring Chiranjeevi. He also has “Prithviraj,” co-starring Akshay Kumar, in the pipeline.
(With inputs from ANI)
(Edited by Anindita Ghosh and Nikita Nikhil. Map by Urvashi Makwana)