P. D. Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre today became the first hospital in India to launch a special wheelchair-friendly patient transportation service for those with limited mobility. This service is enabled by specially designed vehicles provided by Ezy Mov to help patients travel independently for treatment. The service was inaugurated at P. D. Hinduja Hospital & MRC by Guest of Honor, Deepa Malik, India’s first female Paralympic Games medalist and Arjuna Award winner.
India is home to a large number of patients with limited mobility who often find it difficult to travel alone. With an aim to provide a safe and hassle free transportation service for these patients, P.D. Hinduja Hospital & MRC will provide this innovative first-of-its-kind service across the city of Mumbai.
Highlighting the major challenges that patients with limited mobility face while traveling, Gautam Khanna, CEO, P. D. Hinduja Hospital & MRC said,“Traveling is difficult for the specially abled, senior citizens and patients undergoing orthopedic, and musculoskeletal surgical procedures, OPD procedures like dialysis, chemotherapy and stroke treatment. With this initiative, our aim as a responsible healthcare organization is to do our best and bring comfort to our patients with the best available treatment and service.”
Guest of honor, . Deepa Malik said,” It is the need of the hour to introduce such initiatives. I congratulate Ezy Mov and Hinduja Hospital to start wheelchair accessible vans for physically and locomotive challenged patients. It will help them battle the challenge and discomfort of lack of inclusive public transport. This is a step forward towards Sugamya Bharat and such transportation facility should in abundance.” Mrs. Deepa Malik, Founder, Wheeling Happiness is donating wheelchairs for patients and assist mobility on this occasion of launch of mobility transportation.
The vehicle is equipped with the latest advanced hydraulic wheelchair lift. It also consists of safety features like a fire extinguisher, medical kit, a ratchet restraint system for holding the wheelchair in place, along with provisions for an extra seatbelt for the wheelchair occupant, seating for the attendant and electric points for charging.
Joy Chakraborty, COO, P. D. Hinduja Hospital & MRC said, “At P. D. Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre, we believe in going that extra mile to make sure we provide all-round quality services to all our patients. With this initiative, we intend to make traveling for patients seeking treatment an experience synonymous with ease, convenience and safe transport.”
Speaking on the occasion, Rrajesh Patil, Managing Director, Ezy Mov said,“Everyone has the right to dignified living, our Prime Ministers vision of accessible India is in the right direction with emphasis to enable and empower an inclusive society. We are playing a small role to bridge the gap and make accessible transport an essential service.”