Amid the devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a teacher from Mumbai has stepped forward to help coronavirus patients by providing rickshaw service from hospital to home and vice versa for free.
Teacher by profession Dattatraya Sawant drives the auto rickshaw on her own and offers a free ride to COVID-19 patients while taking all precautions such as wearing a PPE kit, disinfecting and more.
Sawant, who lives in the Ghatkopar region, is an English teacher at Dnyansagar Vidya Mandir School.
Considering the growing number of coronavirus patients statewide, Sawant has been providing free services in northeast Mumbai for the past few days.
“I drop off corona patients at the Covid Care Center and the hospital for free, and I also bring patients discharged from the hospital and the Covid Center to their respective homes,” Sawant told ANI.
He has so far provided free travel to 26 patients with COVID-19 and his work is appreciated at all levels.
“For this, I personally take all precautionary measures. At present, the number of corona patients is increasing rapidly. Many of them die due to inappropriate treatment. In such a situation, whether poor patients get help from the government on time or not, private ambulances are not affordable. And often public vehicles do not provide services to Covid patients. In such cases, my free service will be available to patients, ”he said.
Sawant further stated that this service will continue as long as the COVID-19 wave continues.
Many people provide financial assistance to Sawant. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has announced that it will spend the entire cost of fuel for its rickshaw.