Volkswagen India recently completed six months of successfully operating its Mobile Health Clinic. Started in August 2015, the Mobile Health Clinic was initially planned for two villages – Kahnewadi tarfe Chakan and Sangurdi in Pune district of Maharashtra. However, after getting a positive feedback from the villagers and after receiving more requests, the service was also extended to a small community – Vitthal Nagar, that stands between the first two villages. Additionally, patients from two more nearby villages have been travelling regularly to either of the locations where the Mobile Health Clinic is placed through the day.
The Mobile Health Clinic was started to provide basic medical attention and medicines free of cost to the residents of these villages which lack basic medical facilities and consultation. Through this Corporate Social responsibility (CSR) activity, Volkswagen India has been running a specially modified vehicle that houses a consultation area, and necessary medical supplies and equipment for basic medical care. The medical team comprising of two doctors and a compounder has done over 5,500 free medical consultations in the last six months. Moreover, free medicines worth Rs 200,000 have also been distributed to the needy patients.
Apart from the regular medical consultation and distribution of medicines, the medical team has been running awareness campaigns in the villages to educate the villagers on healthy lifestyle and reasons for certain illnesses and their prevention.
Dr. Prasad Chavan, who has been conscientiously supporting this cause by visiting the villages on a daily basis, said, “Most of our patients are elderly villagers suffering from joint pain. For them, it was even more difficult to travel a few kilometres only to get basic medical facilities. Through our Mobile Health Clinic, we have been able to help these elderly villagers by providing them medical facilities almost at their doorstep.”
Dr. Andreas Lauermann, President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited said, “Six months ago we started the Mobile Health Clinic as part of our CSR activity and the overwhelming response that we have received in this short period is very encouraging.”