Gurgaon, India – Apollo Tyres and Ashok Leyland together has launched the ‘Saarthi’ COVID helpline for the trucking community. This helpline, targeted towards truck drivers, helpers and their family members, will provide COVID consultation, vaccination guidance and non-COVID consultation (for other diseases). This pan-India helpline service is available in five languages, including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Assamese, as of now. The Telerad Foundation is the technical partner for the helpline service.
To avail the services, members of the trucking community can call on 7028105333, between 1000 to 1700 hours from Monday to Saturday.
Members of the trucking community who have tested COVID positive and are in home quarantine can get doctor consultation by calling on the helpline. They can also get guidance on nutrition during the infection period. For non-COVID patients, doctor consultation and prescription would be provided as a part of the ‘Saarthi’ initiative.
Beneficiaries from the trucking community seeking guidance on vaccination will be provided with counseling to clear their doubts regarding the vaccine, help with registration on the COWIN/Arogya Setu portal, scheduling of appointments at the nearest government hospital, help with downloading of vaccination certificates and post vaccination medical assistance, if required.
Since 1994, Ashok Leyland has been educating the driving community on good driving practices through the establishment of the Driver Training Institutes. Currently, 11 Driver Training Institutes are operational across the country, and cumulatively, 14,82,462 drivers have been educated since inception through various sessions. Apollo Tyres launched its healthcare initiative in 2000 and has since reached out to nearly 50 lakh people with its HIV-AIDS awareness and prevention, vision care, tuberculosis and other healthcare services in 31 centers across India. The company has won multiple awards for its pioneering and effective work with the trucking community.