Published On: Mon, Aug 26th, 2019

Kotak Life Insurance – Wockhardt Foundation Launch Four Mobile Medical Vans in Bengaluru

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Bengaluru, 26th August, 2019: Kotak Mahindra Life Insurance Company Ltd (Kotak Life) has collaborated with Wockhardt Foundation to launch four Mobile Medical Vans (MMVs) in Bengaluru under Kotak Life’s flagship CSR Programme on Healthcare – ‘Life First’. The MMVs are Primary Healthcare Centres (PHC) on wheels, which will be managed by Kotak Life’s Partner NGO – Wockhardt Foundation.

Each MMV will offer free basic medical services like awareness, diagnosis, cure and referrals, to underprivileged people in and around Bengaluru. Each MMV is staffed with a qualified doctor, a pharmacist, a programme coordinator / social worker and a driver. The MMV will extend a range of preventive and curative medicines to patients, and those who require further treatment will be referred by doctors to the nearest government healthcare bodies – Primary Healthcare Centres (PHC) or hospitals. Each MMV aims to treat over 60 patients from the slums of Bengaluru per day, and thereby touch the lives of about 22,500 patients annually. Each MMV, has a GPS tracker, will be monitored by Wockhardt Foundation’s CSR Programme office.

L-R- MMV flag off by G. Murlidhar, MD & CEO, Kotak Mahindra Life Insurance Company Ltd. and Dr. Huz (Sir Dr. Huzaifa Khorakiwala,) Trustee and CEO, Wockhardt Foundation

G. Murlidhar, MD & CEO, Kotak Mahindra Life Insurance Company Ltd. said, “At KLI, our core purpose is to add value to people’s lives; healthcare is vital to life yet many are deprived of basic medical attention needed to lead a healthy life. Our CSR Programme for Healthcare – ‘Life First’, gives us an opportunity to serve people living in the impoverished pockets of Bengaluru who are in need of basic healthcare facilities. It gives me great joy to launch four Mobile Medical Vans (MMVs) under Kotak Life’s CSR Programme for Healthcare – ‘Life First’, which will be managed by our CSR partner – Wockhardt Foundation.”

Dr. Huz (Sir Dr. Huzaifa Khorakiwala,) Trustee and CEO, Wockhardt Foundation said, “The provision of primary healthcare in the slums of Bengaluru is a major concern and requires action. Through our effort and this initiative, we aim to address the existing gaps in healthcare. Preventing diseases requires organizing resources, technology and concerted effort both at a local and national level. The cost of preventive and curative medical services is high. Under Kotak Life’s CSR Programme for Healthcare – ‘Life First’, an experienced doctor, pharmacist and the team in the Mobile Medical Vans will provide free preventive and curative medical services, bringing remedy to the diseased, hope to the suffering and better quality of life to the underprivileged.”

Life First was launched in Chennai last year. On an average, each MMV has treated over 90 people from the slums of Chennai, per day, thereby touching approximately 117,300 lives till date. The intent is to contribute towards bringing about a positive change in the lives of the rural population.

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