CR’s SECOND STREET AMBULANCE HITS THE ROAD, THANKS TO SBI
Thousands of people in slums across Kolkata are set to benefit from Calcutta Rescue’s second street ambulance, which was launched on Friday, February 17.
The Rs16 Lakh ambulance was generously donated by India’s largest bank, State Bank of India.
The ambulance’s work includes getting children immunized, diagnosing cases of TB and leprosy and ensuring people with those diseases are cured, treating people with a wide range of injuries and medical conditions and providing vital health education.
The new ambulance and the 8-strong crew are due to start operating in 10 more slums over the coming months including Garden Reach, the site of the official launch.
They will visit each slums every week over a period of many months, to ensure that all the people who need help, get it.
Whenever possible people are referred to free Government services in the area.
In addition to medical support, the street ambulance crew also provides other assistance such as high-protein food, soap, blankets and clothing to people who need them.
Half of the new team have been redeployed from the first ambulance and bring with them 11 years of valuable experience working in the most hard-to-reach areas.
Mohan Mitra, AGM (Public Relation & Community Service Banking) of SBI said: “SBI, as a corporate citizen, is working for the needy, economically backward & under privileged section of the society for a long time. It is a proud privilege for SBI to have an opportunity to work with such a great organisation such as Calcutta Rescue, which has its footprint across the globe for a noble cause”
The new chief executive of Calcutta Rescue, Jaydeep Chakraborty, said: “Improving the country is the responsibility of all citizens, and when collaborations like the one between SBI and Calcutta Rescue occur, we are able to achieve so much more than what we could achieve alone. We are grateful to SBI, and we look forward to forging deeper ties with them in the quest to serve many of our fellow country-men and women in Kolkata and West Bengal".