Ashok Leyland has come into collaboration with Apollo Tyres to kickstart a driver health initiative in Namakkal, a transhipment hub in the state of Tamil Nadu.
In a release, the tyremaker stated that this initiative will be run by Apollo Tyres out of the Healthcare Centre situated at Ashok Leyland’s Driver Training Institute at Namakkal. The Centre was inaugurated by Anuj Kathuria, Chief Operating Officer, and Balachandar NV, President, HR, Communication and CSR, Ashok Leyland; along with Satish Sharma, President, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Sunam Sarkar, President and Chief Business Officer, Apollo Tyres.
This Healthcare Centre has been curated to provide medical benefits, along with helping the driver community become more knowledgeable about their holistic well-being outside of their profession. The Centre will employ a qualified doctor, a counsellor and paramedics, apart from outreach workers and a network of peer educators.
According to the statement, 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 centers 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.”
He further said that at present 31 similar health centres at multiple transhipment hubs are running 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.
Commenting on the partnership, Balachander NV, President, HR, Communication and CSR, Ashok Leyland, 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 of ours. Through this collaboration, we will also educate the drivers on the importance of health for both personal as well as professional life. This will enable us to strengthen our relationship with the growing driver community.”