Apollo Tyres and Ashok Leyland teams up for driver health initiatives

Apollo Tyres and Ashok Leyland teams up for driver health initiatives

Apollo Tyres and Ashok-Leyland have come together to provide healthcare facilities to the trucking community in Namakkal.

The Healthcare Centre at Ashok Leyland’s Driver Training Institute at Namakkal, will be run by Apollo Tyres. Serving 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. The 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 healthcare services for Vision Care, Diabetes, Hypertension and Tuberculosis. The two companies will be working together to establish more such healthcare centres in large transshipment hubs across the country.

Commenting on the partnership, Sunam Sarkar, President and Chief Business Officer, Apollo Tyres, 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 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 fees of INR 20/- will enable the driver to avail these services at any of the 31 Apollo Tyres Healthcare 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.

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