The primary aim of the healthcare centre would be to generate awareness about HIV-AIDS and the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among truck driver community
Ashok Leyland has teamed up with Apollo Tyres to provide healthcare facility to the trucking community in Namakkal, Tamil Nadu. To be operated by Apollo Tyres, the healthcare centre will generate awareness about HIV-AIDS and the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among truckers and the local community. Apollo tyres already operates 31 similar health centres at multiple transhipment hubs across the country.
Spread across 2,500 sq ft, the centre is equipped with diagnostic equipment, exclusive for the health education of the driving community within the driver training premises. 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. Servicing a daily population of more than 12,500 truckers and the allied community, the team at the centre aims to reduce 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.
Balachander NV, President - HR, Communication and CSR, Ashok Leyland, said long duty hours as well as stress & strain on the drivers often leads to various health issues and the centre will offer best possible medical support in trucking industry.
A nominal registration fee of Rs 20 will enable drivers to avail these services at any of the 31 Apollo centres across India.