According to reports, Chiranjeevi has teamed up with his son, actor Ram Charan, to undertake the initiative.

Chiranjeevi on the left and Ram Charan on the right. Twitter/ PVP
Flix Tollywood Friday, May 21, 2021 - 18:18

In view of the scarcity in supply of medical oxygen, Tollywood star Chiranjeevi has come up with an initiative to launch ‘oxygen banks’ across Telugu states. The oxygen banks are expected to be operational in about a week. The initiative will be launched through the actor’s non-profit organisation Chiranjeevi Charitable Trust. “In the current Covid situation to prevent deaths from lack of Oxygen supply @KChiruTweetshas decided to start Chiranjeevi Oxygen Banks at district level. Efforts are on to make these operational within a week's time. #Covid19IndiaHelp#ChiruForCovidhelp,” the tweet posted by Chiranjeevi Charitable Trust read.  

According to reports, Chiranjeevi has teamed up with his son, actor Ram Charan, to undertake the initiative. The father-son duo will be working along with their fan clubs in each district of the Telugu states to monitor the situation.  

On May 3, Chiranjeevi had announced that he will be helping COVID-19 patients who are looking for convalescent plasma donors by helping them connect with eligible persons. He requested those who have recovered from the virus to donate plasma. He shared the contact information of his trust and assured his followers that CCT will be able to provide details and guidance to the donors. 

 “As we know, Second wave of Covid is impacting even more people.If you have recovered from Covid in last few days,please donate your plasma so it can help 4 more people to combat Covid effectively. Please contact #ChiranjeeviCharitableFoundation (94400 55777)for details & guidance,” Chiranjeevi’s tweet read.  

However, It is to be noted that several medical studies and reports highlight that administering convalescent plasma to critically ill patients does not help in reducing mortality.  However, in the recently revised clinical guidance for COVID-19 treatment, the Union government dropped the off label convalescent plasma therapy to cure the disease. The decision to remove the use of convalescent plasma from the guidelines was taken citing that it has proven to be ineffective and inappropriate in several cases. Earlier, the guidelines recommended the usage of off label plasma therapy at the stage of early disease, within seven days of the onset of symptoms.

Earlier, the actor had launched a vaccination drive for cinema workers and film journalists from the Telugu film industry. He undertook the initiative through Corona Crisis Charity (CCC) in association with Apollo 24|7. 

On the professional front, Chiranjeevi will be next seen alongside his son Ram Charan in the upcoming Tollywood movie Acharya. The movie also stars actor Pooja Hegde and Kajal Aggarwal in the lead roles.