December 16, 2019, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu:
Ashok Leyland, flagship of the Hinduja Group,
the second largest commercial vehicle manufacturers in
India has entered a corporate partnership with one of the leading tyre
manufacturers, Apollo Tyres, to provide healthcare facility to the trucking
community in Namakkal, a prominent transhipment hub in the southern Indian
state of Tamil Nadu.
The Healthcare Centre at Ashok Leyland’s Driver Training Institute at Namakkal, will be run by
Apollo Tyres, and was inaugurated by Anuj Kathuria, CEO and Balachandar NV,
President-HR, Communication and CSR, Ashok Leyland, along with Satish Sharma,
President-AP & MEA, and Sunam Sarkar, President & Chief Business
Officer, Apollo Tyres.
Servicing a daily floating population of more
than 12,500 truckers, and the allied community, the primary aim of the healthcare
centre would be awareness generation on HIV-AIDS and prevention of sexually
transmitted infections (STIs) among truckers, and the local community.
This centre will be staffed by a qualified
doctor, a counsellor, and paramedics, apart from outreach workers and a network
of peer educators appointed over a period of time. This team will work together
towards bringing down the instance of STIs, and thereby, reducing the
vulnerability of the population of contracting HIV, apart from offering a gamut
of other health care service for vision care, diabetes, hypertension, and tuberculosis.
The two companies will be working together to establish more such healthcare
centres in large transshipment hubs.
Balachander NV, said,“Ashok Leyland has always been at the forefront to
provide the best possible support to the driver community. As a profession,
commercial vehicle driving is a demanding job, owing to long drives, month
after month. The high level of
concentration required for driving, mostly results in stress and strain on the
driver. These working conditions, coupled with negligence towards regular care,
often leads to various health problems. To address this issue, we have
collaborated with Apollo Tyres to offer the best medical support to an important stakeholder
Sunam Sarkar, said, “We are delighted to join hands
with Ashok Leyland to extend this facility at Namakkal. Ashok Leyland is a
fellow stakeholder in the trucking industry and working together allows both
organisations to maximise reach and deployment of resources. Serving truckers
and the allied community will be the primary aim of this Healthcare Centre,
along with awareness on generation of HIV-AIDS and prevention of STIs among
truckers and the local community. We already have 31 similar health centres at
multiple transhipment hubs across the country to serve the community.”
The new facility, healthcare centre, has been
created with a spacious floor space of 2500 sq ft. The centre is equipped with
adequate diagnostic equipment, which is exclusive for the health education of
the Driving community within the Driver Training premises. A nominal
registration fee of Rs 20 will enable the driverto avail these services at any
of the 31 Apollo centres across India. The idea behind this initiative is not
just to provide medical benefits, but also to educate the drivers for a better
life beyond driving.