Maharashtra remains to be leading state in the number of COVID-19 cases with 6817 reported till April 25. Presently, there is immense pressure on the doctors and medical staff due to increasing positive cases daily. To address this issue, 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” in Maharashtra.
This initiative started on 1 April, with 30 Mobile Dispensary Vans 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.
All the medicines that are prescribed or given out on free of charge basis. Mobile units can check 2,500 people every day and can examine the symptoms of around 500 patients in a day. Doctors in the vans monitor patients for cold and flu conditions and also inform patients about preventive measures to be taken against coronavirus spread. Over 62,000 residents have been checked and more than 932 suspected COVID-19 patients were transferred to government hospitals in the last 24 days in Pune and PCMC. This service will continue until Coronavirus is fully contained.
Speaking on this initiative, Mr. Prasan Firodia, Managing Director, 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. He further added Apart from this initiative our group (Dr. Abhay Firodia Group) has earmarked Rs 25 Crores 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”.
Speaking about the initiative, Mr. Shantilal Mutha, Founder BJS said, The Firodia family has always wholeheartedly supported his organizations social work initiatives, right from inception over three decades back”.