Volkswagen Pune Plant has started operating a Mobile Health Clinic at Kahnewadi tarfe Chakan and Sangurdi to provide basic medical attention and medicines free of cost to the villagers. This step comes under a new CSR project that the company has undertaken. A specially modified Mobile Health Clinic with a qualified doctor, paramedic, nurse, dresser-cum-compounder and adequate medical supplies for basic treatments would cater to the combined population over 2,200 at the villages which currently do not have even basic medical facilities.
Mr. Peter Raussendorf, Executive Director, HR & Admin, Volkswagen India Private Limited during the first visit of the Mobile Health Clinic at Kahnewadi tarfe Chakan village said that medical attention is one of the basic necessities of every individual. The residents of Kahnewadi tarfe Chakan and Sangurdi have to travel at least five kms to the nearest primary healthcare centre (PHC) for even minor health conditions. With VW’s Mobile Health Clinic, they want to ensure that the villagers get the required basic medical attention close to their houses. Moreover, they will also provide the villagers with the prescribed medicines at no cost.
Volkswagen India has always taken a step forward towards the social well being of people. This new CSR project isn’t the first where we are seeing the company standing up for people. Recently, Volkswagen India also initiated a project to build water bunds at drought-affected Naiphad village in Khed taluka, committing an investment of Rs 51 lakh, to increase water reserves of the village. Volkswagen India had done a similar water conservation project in 2013 at Gulani, Khed which improved the water situation in the village. Additionally, Volkswagen India has undertaken other CSR activities in the past such as H1N1 vaccination to over 1500 school children, supporting Inter-Mission Industrial Development Community College in Chakan with sponsorship, donating an ambulance to the Red Cross, building an additional block at Zilla Parishad School in Nighoje and a donating a bus to the Inter Mission Care and Rehabilitation Society in Paud.
The Volkswagen India Mobile Health Clinic setup at Kahnewadi tarfe Chakan and Sangurdi will definitely help the locals. The Mobile Health Clinic will visit each village every day for five days a week for three hours/day. The qualified medical attendants would conduct free check-ups for patients with conditions like cough, cold, or fever, and prescribe medicines if needed. The medical attention and medicines would be given free of cost to all the patients. The Mobile Health Clinic will also offer advice on nutrition, women’s health issues, and precautions to be taken during local disease outbreaks, among other topics, on a regular basis.
Mr. Himmat Kharade, Sub Divisional Officer, Khed Region said that Volkswagen India has taken the very impressive step of starting the Mobile Health Clinic to provide medical assistance to the villagers of Kahnewadi tarfe Chakan and Sangurdi. This will not only ensure that the villagers will get on-time attention but will also reduce the burden off their shoulders of traveling to distant villages and paying for it. This is Volkswagen India’s second major initiative in this year for helping communities in this region. Well, we are very happy too and proud! Volkswagen India is doing a great job.