Pune-based automotive major, Force Motors in association with the Bhartiya Jain Sanghatan (BJS, Pune) has initiated a mobile doorstep dispensary facility ‘Doctor Aplya Daari’ (Doctor at doorstep) in Maharashtra.
The company says Maharashtra remains to be leading state in the number of Covid-19 cases with 6,817 reported till April 25. This has led to immense pressure on the doctors and medical staff due to increasing positive cases daily. As part of its efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, Force Motors started the initiative on April,1 with 30 mobile dispensary vans, which are completely equipped with doctors, support staff, medicines moving to various economically weaker localities in Pune and PCMC as per a pre-intimated schedule. The team of doctors and medics with these vans are fully equipped to identify Covid-19 symptoms and direct infected suspect cases to the designated hospitals.
The OEM says all the medicines that are prescribed or given out on free of charge, and the mobile units have the capacity to test 2,500 people every day, and can examine the symptoms of around 500 patients in a day. The doctors in the vans monitor patients for cold and flu conditions and also inform patients about preventive measures to be taken against coronavirus spread.
Till date over 95,600 residents have been checked and more than 945 suspected Covid-19 patients were transferred to government hospitals in the last 24 days. Force Motors says the service will continue until Coronavirus is fully contained.
Commenting on the initiative, Prasan Firodia, MD, Force Motors said “As Maharashtra has become a hotspot in the country, it has created huge pressure on doctors and medical staff. We are proud to be associated with this noble initiative. Apart from this initiative our group (Dr. Abhay Firodia Group) has earmarked Rs 25 crore to support Covid-19 relief activities. This deployment will be aimed at supporting upgradation of health care infrastructure, enhancing blood collection capability, facilitating mobile clinic/testing capabilities and providing free food to the needy”.
The company says the citizens, as well as the local administration, have welcomed this initiative and Force Motors have already extended this initiative to other places like Pune, Aurangabad, Dhule, Nashik, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Solapur and cities across Maharashtra. Force Motors says with close to 73 vans this is one of the largest mobile healthcare initiatives in the country.
Shantilal Mutha, founder, BJS said, “The Firodia family has always wholeheartedly supported his organisation’s social work initiatives, right from inception over three decades back”.