Volkswagen Pune Plant has started operating a mobile health clinic at Kahnewadi tarfe Chakan and Sangurdi, two villages in the interiors of Khed taluka. A specially modified mobile health clinic will visit the villages that lack even basic medical facilities. Free basic medical attention and medicines will be provided to a total population of over 2,200 people from the two villages, five days a week.
“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 kilometres to the nearest primary healthcare centre (PHC) for even minor health conditions. With our Mobile Health Clinic, we want to ensure that the villagers get the required basic medical attention close to their houses. Moreover, we will also provide them with the prescribed medicines at no cost”, Peter Raussendorf, executive director – HR, Volkswagen India Private Limited, said.
Volkswagen India has committed an investment of approximately Rs. 48 lakh in the fi rst year of its operation. This includes a brand new vehicle that has been modified for medical use, a dedicated team of doctor, paramedic, nurse and dresser-cum compounder, the running cost for the project and the required medical supplies.
The clinic is fully-equipped with inspection bed and chairs for doctor and patient, cabinet for medical supplies, dressing table, wash basin, tube lights, fans, fridge, a GPS system, etc.
Recently, Volkswagen India also initiated a project to build water bunds at drought-affected Naiphad village in Khed taluka, committing an investment of INR 51 lakh, to increase water reserves of the village. The village was identifi ed as part of the Government of Maharashtra’s “Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan” program to make villages in the state drought free.